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One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest and the Crimes of Insanity

Was the film a metaphor about society? . . . To which Forman replies, it was more ‘a metaphor for any kind of modern society today,’ as it revealed ‘how far has the power the right to crush an individual who is questioning the rules.’
—Paul Gallagher, Dangerous Minds

Do we call them “crimes of insanity” when we associate crimes involving illegal drug use with criminal behavior? Does anyone ever think about One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) and associate that movie with the American ’60s counterculture?

Ken Kesey, author of the novel from which the movie was adapted (1963) , was a Stanford student and an acid-head during the days of Haight-Ashbury and Woodstock. Would knowing that change your perspective on what he communicated? .  .  .  or why? Continue reading One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest and the Crimes of Insanity