...One flew east, one flew west,
One flew over the cuckoo's nest
- Children's Folk Rhyme
‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’:
Milos Forman’s Mosaic of Brilliance With a Lesson Still As Important As Ever"
A variety of information on the making of the film!
The Inspiration for One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest (4min.)
"This is the story of America’s fight against authority."
"Reclaiming ‘Big Nurse’:
a feminist critique of Ken Kesey’s portrayal of Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest"
by Philip Darbyshire
A feminist critique of the novel contends that the importance of ‘Big Nurse’ is less related to how realistic/unrealistic or good/bad she is as a nurse. Nurse Ratched is important because she exemplifies all that traditional masculinity abhors in women, and particularly in strong women in positions of power and influence.
BEDLAM 1946: Most U.S. Mental Hospitals are a Shame and a Disgrace
by Albert Q. Maisel
published in Life Magazine: May 6, 1946
"Of Madness and Machines: Names in Ken Kesey ' s One Flew Over the Cuckoo 's Nest"
by William A. Francis
Explores the significance of character's names as they contribute to the novel's theme - an indictment of modern psychological practices that reduce human joy to robotic boredom.
"Reading from the Heart Out: Chief Bromden through Indigenous Eyes"
by Kimberly R. Connor
This paper explores the implications and ironies of Kesey’s choice to narrate his novel from the perspective of the Native American, Chief Bromden, a traditionally marginalized member of society.
Interviews by Phil Hoad
In the 1940s Dr. Walter Freeman gained fame for perfecting the lobotomy, then hailed as a miracle cure for the severely mentally ill. But within a few years, lobotomy was labeled one of the most barbaric mistakes of modern medicine. (54min.)