The Prisoner: The Official Companion

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It's 35 years since Patrick McGoohan's thriller series The Prisoner, a strange blend of espionage, psychodrama and fantasy, first entranced the British public. Every week, viewers watched as the eponymous prisoner, Number 6, imprisonedin a hi-tech Shangri-La-style village, was subjected to bizarre interrogation techniques and sinister scientific experiments. In turn, the Prisoner would try to escape his captors and, although always frustrated in his bids for freedom,he would sometimes be the moral victor by turning the tables on his anonymous persecutors.

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Adult/High School-A "commercial failure" when it debuted 35 years ago, The Prisoner was an immediate cult hit and its 17 episodes still have the power to stun new viewers. The hero is an intelligence operative who, attempting to resign, finds himself in the clutches of an unnamed and futuristic organization. It holds him prisoner in a bizarrely cheerful European setting known only as "The Village"; he grimly fights to escape while attempts are made to brainwash him. This richly illustrated book is a gold mine of insight and information on technical details of production, literary aspects of scripts, myriad in-jokes and hidden references, filmed and unfilmed episodes, the life and career of series creator and star Patrick McGoohan, the 1960s cultural context in which this groundbreaking series was created, and more. An accompanying DVD contains the first episode, "The Arrival," which provides an excellent introduction to newbies, while those who know the TV series will appreciate the excellent visual qualities and soundtrack.
Christine C. Menefee, Fairfax County Public Library,
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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