Nurse Ratched before 'Ratched': Revisiting 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest'
As Ryan Murphy's 'Ratched' supplies the origin story of one of cinema’s greatest villains, we revisit the first screen version of Nurse Ratched
Our first glimpse of Nurse Ratched comes less than a minute into One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Miloš Forman’s classic 1975 adaptation of Ken Kesey’s equally celebrated 1962 novel. As the mental health facility she presides over starts another day, she walks down the hall towards the camera. She’s dressed in funeral black. Forman places a large red light bang in the viewer’s eyeline. It’s as clear a warning as her hair, curling upward from a middle parting like horns.