Explore the classic TV series The Prisoner, with film director Alex Cox and guests
Explore the classic TV series The Prisoner with acclaimed filmmaker and author Alex Cox, whose book “I Am Not a Number” has been called “the best guide to The Prisoner and its hidden depths.” For this event, we are honored to have as special guests actress Catherine McGoohan, daughter of Patrick McGoohan (series creator and actor), and psychiatrist/psychoanalyst Roderic Gorney, who provided brilliant commentary on The Prisoner when it was rebroadcast by PBS in 1978.
Image: Alex Cox
The Prisoner, first shown in 1968 as a 17-episode series, is regarded by many as one of the greatest TV productions of all time. The Prisoner is a futuristic, Kafkaesque spy thriller that raises the most profound questions of individual identity, personal responsibility, and the nature of victimization. Many books and countless articles have addressed The Prisoner, whose message continues to resonate today. The series is full of iconic imagery and phrases, including:
I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered! My life is my own.
I am not a number, I am a free man!
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Maverick British filmmaker Alex Cox is responsible for directing a host of acclaimed films, from Sleep is for Sissies, Repo Man, Sid & Nancy, Straight to Hell, Walker, and Highway Patrolman to Death and the Compass, Three Businessmen, Revengers Tragedy, Searchers 2.0, Bill the Galactic Hero, and Tombstone Rashomon. From 1987 to 1994, he presented the acclaimed BBC TV series Moviedrome, bringing unknown or forgotten films to new audiences. He is also the author of 10,000 Ways to Die, The President and Provocateur, Alex Cox’s Introduction to Film, and X Films: True Confessions of a Radical Filmmaker.
Catherine McGoohan, film and television actress, is daughter of Patrick McGoohan, the legendary creator and actor of The Prisoner. Ms. McGoohan will provide background information on the development of the series and offer her observations on how it evolved.