The Ipcress File (1965)


Induction of Psycho-neuroses by Conditioned Reflex under Stress

A number of leading Western scientists have been kidnapped only to reappear a few days later. Unfortunately, each scientist has been brainwashed and is now completely useless. The British send their agent, Harry Palmer, to investigate. Palmer is surprised to be selected for such a mission and believes he has been chosen because he is expendable.

The brainwashing shown throughout the film is similar to that of a shock technique called Psychic driving pioneered by Dr. D. Ewen Cameron, originally on unwitting mental hospital patients, and utilised and funded by the U.S. CIA’s MKULTRA program in Canada.


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