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BLICK ANDERSWO GELESEN

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BILDER AUS WALES - REISENOTIZEN
BLICK
KLEINE PANORAMEN
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RÜCKBLICK
2006: DVD - IN UND AUS DER PRESSE
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MISTER SECHS WILL NICHT KÜSSEN
RÜCKBLICK
ZDF-ANSAGE
DAVE BARRIE
...IM INTERVIEW
THE MARKSTEIN-McGOOHAN DEBATE

THE MAJESTY OF "FALL OUT"

"FALL OUT": THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM

"DEMASKIERUNG": DER UNMÖGLICHE TRAUM

I'M INDEPENDENT, DON'T FORGET
SEVEN FROM SIX

RAKOFF'S FABLES - INTERVIEW MIT IAN L. RAKOFF

"DIE ANKLAGE": DUNKLE TRÄUME UND LANGE SCHATTEN

ARNO BAUMGÄRTEL
IM DORF - EINE LINGUISTISCHE LANDPARTIE

AKTENABLAGE: VON EPISODEN, DIE KEINE WAREN
DER AKADEMISCHE PRISONER

BLICK: BILDER AUS WALES - KLEINE PANORAMEN

BLICK: PRISONER-CONVENTION
PORTMEIRION: BAUTEN IN BILDERN
THE AMC PRISONER (2009) MINISERIE
WER SIND SIE? - DIE NEUE NUMMER SECHS

ARNO BAUMGÄRTEL & MICHAEL BRÜNE
DIE DEUTSCHE DVD

NUMMER 6 - NICHT DER GEFANGENE
ARNO BAUMGÄRTEL & B. FRANK
AUF DIE REIH GEBRACHT (1) DIE REIHENFOLGE

TOBIAS BECKER
ZIRKULÄRE REALITÄT

FRANK T. BITTERHOF
DIE OFFENBARUNG - THE PRISONER ALS BLU-RAY

M. KEITH BOOKER
DER POSTMODERNE PRISONER

TIM BOURNE
DIE SECHS-IDENTITÄT (INTERVIEW)
MICHAEL BRÜNE
EPISODEN-TRANSKRIPT "DIE ANKUNFT"
AUF DIE REIH GEBRACHT (2) DIE REIHENFOLGE

DIE ANTHONY-SKENE-TRILOGIE
MARTIN COMPART
SOAPS: FERNSEHSERIEN...

ANTHONY DAVIS
PRISONER PRESS LAUNCH 1967

PATRICK DUCHER
JE NE SUIS PAS UN NUMÉRO, JE SUIS UN HOMME LIBRE!

ROBERT FAIRCLOUGH
POP UND POLITIK

HOWARD FOY
ES WAR EINMAL EIN TRIP...

B. FRANK
McGOOHAN & BOND

CAROLINE FUCHS
REALITY AND SIMULATION IN THE PRISONER

GUILLAUME GRANIER
SCHÖNER TAG! - SPÄTER REGNET ES.

LARRY HALL
ORSON WELLES: DER PROZESS

WHAT IT MEANS, NOT WHAT IT SAYS
HELGA HELLER
PORTRÄT EINES EXZENTRIKERS

MAX HORA
...IM INTERVIEW

MAX HORA & ROGER LANGLEY
6 PRIVATE - DAS HAUS VON NUMMER SECHS

HARALD KELLER
WIR SEHEN UNS - WIEDER

ÜBER NOWHERE MAN

NUMMER SECHS
INTERVIEW MIT BERND RUMPF

ROGER LANGLEY
(ZEIT-) REISE NACH PORTMEIRION

PRISONER'S PORTMEIRION:
DER ORIGINALSCHAUPLATZ
BÜHNENSTÜCK -
SET PIECE: DIE STUDIOBAUTEN
WARUM HABEN SIE SICH ZURÜCKGEZOGEN?

FINAL CUT: MYSTERIUM DER FEHLENDEN SZENEN

PUTTING THE PRISONER IN ORDER (3) DIE REIHENFOLGE

COOL CUSTOMER - PROFIL: GEORGE MARKSTEIN

DAS LA-TAPE

MOOR LARKIN
ICH BIN EIN BERLINER

JEAN-MARC LOFFICIER
NUMMER 6 ODER DAS GESPENST DER FREIHEIT

KEVIN PATRICK MAHONEY
DER ANARCHISCHE PRISONER

PATRICK McGOOHAN
DAS TROYER-INTERVIEW

DAS LA-TAPE

IM GESPRÄCH MIT MIKE TOMKIES
RUHM WIRD MICH NIE ZUM GEFANGENEN MACHEN

INTERVIEW MIT BILL KING
DER MANN HINTER NUMMER 6

INTERVIEW MIT ALAIN CARRAZÉ
THE PRISONER

BBC-INTERVIEW MIT SIMON BATES
DIE FIGUR IST NATÜRLICH REIN FIKTIV

RICK McGRATH
35th ANNIVERSARY DVD-SET

MARY MORRIS, NORMA WEST
INTERVIEW MIT TOM WORRALL

JANA MÜLLER
ZUFÄLLIGE ENTDECKUNG UND DANN NOCH EIN IRRTUM

"DER SCHWARM"

JANA MÜLLER & ARNO BAUMGÄRTEL
IMMER NOCH NUMMER 6?

HORST NAUMANN
INTERVIEW MIT UWE HUBER

STEVE RAINES
...IM INTERVIEW

STEVEN RICKS
MGM - STUDIO DAYS

STUDIO DAYS: THE MGM BACKLOT

CHRIS RODLEY
DAS EISBERG-SYNDROM - SIX INTO ONE...

INTERVIEW MIT GEORGE MARKSTEIN

ZIAUDDINE SARDAR
WIR SEHEN UNS! - DIE POSTMODERNE UND DAS ANDERE

WARNER TROYER
INTERVIEW MIT PATRICK McGOOHAN

CHRISTOPH WINDER
ICH BIN KEINE NUMMER, ICH BIN EIN MENSCH

VALARIE ZIEGLER
THE PRISONER'S SHADOW SIDE

 

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risoner Nummer 6

 

SEITENBLICK:

ANDERSWO GELESEN
 

AUTOREN:

BEITRÄGE VON...
 

INTERVIEWS:

Nr6DE MIT
DAVE BARRIE
Nr6DE MIT
TIM BOURNE
Nr6DE MIT
MAX HORA
CHRIS RODLEY MIT
GEORGE MARKSTEIN
SIMON BATES (BBC) MIT
PATRICK McGOOHAN
ALAIN CARRAZÉ MIT
PATRICK McGOOHAN
BILL KING MIT
PATRICK McGOOHAN
MIKE TOMKIES MIT
PATRICK McGOOHAN
WARNER TROYER MIT
PATRICK McGOOHAN
TOM WORRALL MIT
MARY MORRIS, N. WEST
UWE HUBER MIT
HORST NAUMANN
Nr6DE MIT
STEVE RAINES
DAVE BARRIE MIT
IAN L. RAKOFF
HARALD KELLER MIT
BERND RUMPF

 

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"YOU ARE AFRAID OF
YOURSELF"
- THE PRISONER'S SHADOW SIDE

Von Valarie Ziegler

Valarie Ziegler ist professorin für religöse studien an der DePauw Universität Indiana, USA. Sie hat mehrfach seminare über THE PRISONER veranstaltet und in diesem rahmen mit studierenden auch die PRISONER-Convention in Wales besucht.

   

When I first watched THE PRISONER, I was mesmerized. I identified with Number Six, and I racked my brain to figure out what the show meant. It seemed to be telling me something about my own life, something about the human condition, something important, if I could only unravel the clues. Many Six of One members report similar experiences. People have told me, for example, that when the show first premiered, they made audiotapes and even took pictures of the television screen, hoping to make sense of episodes later.

It wasn't easy. The first time we saw it, "Fall Out" blew all of our minds. McGoohan said viewers found "Fall Out" confusing because they expected to see a super villain like Goldfinger, and the episode didn't deliver one. I would add that we also expected to see a superhero, but "Fall Out" disappointed us there too. Number Six turned out to be a very complicated figure, not Superman.

So what are we to make of Number Six?

Let's start with the inscription our German contingent wrote in the Prisoner Shop guestbook at last year's convention: "The German friends of the Prisoner - Nummer 6 -- commemorate Patrick McGoohan with a big THANKS for his gift for thinking people everywhere worldwide. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. EVERYMAN!"

NUMMER 6 M.A. DER AKADEMISCHE PRISONER

Well, thinking people, let's think!

Obviously THE PRISONER is a complex work, but today I would like to focus on Number Six, especially on what I'm going to call his "shadow side." Our Everyman is a complicated guy - like each of us. He has a capacity for good as well as for evil. That's evident by the time we get to "Fall Out", but we've actually seen many hints of it before.

Think for a minute about this dialogue from "Free for All":
Manager: You are afraid of death.
Number 6: I am afraid of nothing.
Manager: You are afraid of yourself. You are aware of that. Good.

So, what are we to make of this? Why does or should Number Six fear himself?

THE HEROIC NUMBER SIX

Typically, in THE PRISONER, we see Number Six heroically defending his individuality, not being frightened by it. It's a virtue he thinks others should acquire. As he exhorts his fellow Villagers in "Free For All": "Unlike me, many of you have accepted the situation of your imprisonment and will die here like rotten cabbages. The rest of you have gone over to the side of our keepers.... I intend to discover who are the Prisoners and who are the Warders."

PROF. ZIEGLER MIT IAN L. RAKOFF, AUTOR DER EPISODE "LIVING IN HARMONY"

He seems quite sure of himself. The series emphasizes that confidence, since almost every episode begins with the iconic beach scene where Number Six proclaims, "I am not a number! I am a free man!"

We can think of many other occasions where Number 6 asserts his identity. One of the most spectacular is in "Once upon a Time":
Number Six: Units are not for me.
Number Two: You are a member! Of the Village!
Number Six: No!
Number Two: You are a unit!
Number Six: No!
Number Two: Of society!
Number Six: NO!

Number Six' resistance is so epic that the Village president in "Fall Out" concedes, "You have been such an example to us... You are pure... Your revolt is good and honest." And he instructs the tribunal: "He must no longer be referred to as Number Six, or a number of any kind. He has gloriously vindicated the right of the individual to be individual and this assembly rises to you, sir!"

Of course, we didn't need to look at any of those clips, as we simply could have recited together: "I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered! My life is my own."

THE CONFLICTED NUMBER SIX

So far there doesn't seem any reason for Number Six to be afraid of himself - but The Prisoner reveals darker sides of our Everyman. In "A. B. and C." we learn that Number Six can protect his secrets from the Village in his drugged dreams, but his real dreams reveal a man in unremitting torment.

Number 14: Now we've got his thought waves, all we have to do is convert them into pictures. And here are his thoughts.
Number Two: Extraordinary. How very single-minded.
Number 14: He's not conventional.
Number Two: I sometimes think he's not human.
Number 14: It's an anguish pattern.

Further reflection will reveal other troubling features about Number Six. Though he begins his election campaign in "Free For All" defiantly promising to distinguish the warders from the prisoners, by the end of the episode, as he snaps out of his brainwashed state, he speaks as though he's been a boss his whole life: "I am in command! Obey me and be free!" It is no wonder that Number Two promised Number Six that if he wins, he will be in charge, and "Number 1 will no longer be a mystery to you, if you know what I mean."
"Checkmate" hammers home that point, emphasizing Number Six' affinity to his masters. The escape team's success depends upon distinguishing the prisoners from their warders. This task is easy once they realize that their jailers are naturally arrogant. Unfortunately, so is Number Six, and his "reliable men" abandon him just when freedom seems within reach. Number 2 sees the funny side of this.

Number Two: You've only yourself to blame.
Number Six: How d’you make that out?
Number Two: I gather you managed to avoid selecting guardians by detecting their subconscious arrogance. As it happened, there was one thing you overlooked.
Number Six: What was that?
Number Two: Rook applied to you your own tests. When he took command of this little venture, your air of authority convinced him you were one of us. (He smiles)
Number Six: And he convinced the others. What's happened to them?
Number Two: Oh, they'll turn up tomorrow on the chessboard - as pawns!

For all his courage, Number Six is a prisoner of his own personality. Others recognize him, not as a man free to choose his own identity, but as someone who has more in common with Village authorities than with his fellow inmates. If we think about how comfortable Number Six is in using Village methods to destroy Number Two in "Hammer Into Anvil," it's easy to see why the Manager in "Free For All" observed, "You are afraid of yourself."

THE SHADOW SELF:
NUMBER SIX COMES FULL CIRCLE

The scene in "Fall Out "where Number Six finally confronts Number One reveals Number Six' desperation to define his own identity. We hear the "I will not be pushed, filed, stamped" speech two times as Number Six proclaims his autonomy. Then he unmasks Number One, revealing a babbling ape. Behind the ape mask, we see Number Six' leering face. There's nothing suave or masterful here; Number Six has met his shadow side, and they are both screeching.

Ultimately, Number Six chases his alter ego into the rocket cone preparatory to blasting him into space. Bizarre a development as that is, it should not surprise us. Number Six always tries to destroy his shadow self. Remember "Schizoid Man"?

Killing off one's shadow self never works - it always returns, because it's part of who we really are. So, by the end of "Fall Out," Number Six has come full circle. The undertaker is back on the prowl, and Everyman is back in circulation. Both hero and villain, both prisoner and warder, Number Six is a complex character in a complicated narrative whose powerful story compels us to ask ever again: "What's it all about?" It's good that we are thinking people, because there are no simplistic answers.

Which is precisely why we come to the Village to enter into a "televisionary masterpiece" and learn its wisdom. When we understand THE PRISONER, we will understand what it means to be human: the good, the bad, and the ugly. We are right to be afraid; we are also right to be hopeful.

QUESTIONS

(yes... they are a burden)

1. Number Six is scared of himself. What should we be scared of?

2. Can any of us be free (or innocent), since, like Number Six we have a "shadow side"?

3. One commentator has argued the whole point of THE PRISONER is that each of us is a prisoner unto ourselves, responsible for our own Village, our own pain and our own reformation. Convincing?

4. If there are no super villains and no superheroes in the real world, what's the point?

5. It's clear that the Village is bad. Looking at the "shadow side" of Number Six suggests that individuals, even the most heroic ones, are flawed too. How then should we live? If Number One is both within us and outside us, what hope is there?

6. McGoohan argued that Number One was "the most evil thing on earth," and he identified it with "the evil part of oneself that one is constantly fighting until the moment of our demise." This shows that answers really are a burden to others. Is this how you interpret Number One?

7. Early members of Six of One have told me that they called it an Appreciation Society, not a fan club, because they were interested in exploring the implications of THE PRISONER. Where do we go from "Fall Out"?

8. I have seen an early description of Six of One in which the society claimed that, with its activities, The Prisoner had reached not an end, but a beginning. Where do we go from "Fall Out"?

9. What episode of DANGER MAN does our discussion of Number Six' "shadow side" bring to mind? What parallels do you see?

10. If you saw the AMC PRISONER, you know that [SPOILER ALERT] it ends differently than "Fall Out." Is the AMC 6 a stronger character than Number Six, or is he just delusional about his motives?

Dieser text wurde für die PRISONER Convention 2010 als präsentation und diskussionsgrundlage verfasst.


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