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The Manchurian Candidate
When you've seen it all, you'll swear there's never been anything like it!
The Manchurian Candidate is a political thriller from American director John Frankenheimer. An American soldier is brainwashed into being a killer for the communist Russians during the Korean War.
Whilst Alan Pakula would go on to create some of the most potent paranoid thrillers a decade later, the seeds of those post-Kennedy conspiracy theories were perfectly realised in John Frankenheimer's Cold War classic in 1962. Surprisingly this was released on the 24th October 1962 - right in the middle of the Cuban Missile Crisis, a time when fear of nuclear warfare was at an all time high.
Frankenheimer tries his damnedest to disturb the viewer from the very beginning of the film with American soldiers sold out by their Chinese guide, handed over to the Russians and South Koreans. It doesn't take a genius to figure out why the film failed at the box-office upon release, with the director…
It's a terrible thing to hate your mother. But I didn't always hate her. When I was a child, I only kind of disliked her.
John Frankenheimer's adaptation of Richard Condon's 1959 novel of the same name is quite possibly his greatest film and also Frank Sinatra's best outing as an actor. The film is so well made that 50 years later, even though it is drenched in Cold War Red Menace paranoia, it still feels like a contemporary story today. Honestly the theme of manipulating the public's perception of a perceived threat, real or not, is as poignant today as it was in 1962 if not more so.
As mentioned it's probably Sinatra's best performance as an…
Although John Frankenheimer's political thriller felt a lot more relevant when it was released (1962, when the Cold War was at its hottest) than it does now, the truth is that it hasn't lost its ability to provoke. Let's be honest, the famous conflict between the USA and the Soviet Union that almost destroyed the world is not exactly a current theme (and I'm definitely not an expert in American history, which certainly affected my enjoyment and perception of the film), but the ideas behind The Manchurian Candidate are so intelligent, ingenious and appropriate that it remains a benchmark for American political thrillers.
To prove/confirm the relevance of The Manchurian Candidate, a satire about brainwashing and killing an American President,…
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Bit of a nosedive (this was previously my favorite film of '62), because I can no longer persuade myself that the whole is greater than—or even equal to—the sum of its parts. Marco and Rosie's meet-weird on the train ("Are you Arabic? Let me put it another way: Are you married?"), for example, introduces a fascinating character in whom the movie ultimately has almost zero interest; Janet Leigh all but vanishes thereafter, turning up now and again as a completely generic girlfriend who just looks concerned about stuff. Likewise, the hallucinogenic garden-club nightmare/flashback, while a masterpiece of sustained black comedy, isn't integrated into Raymond's assignment, nor does it even seem necessary for its own sake (since the brainwashed men…
The genius of this film remains how unbelievably prescient and unyielding it was towards electioneering in 1962. The Red Scare and Bay of Pigs invasion were magma hot issues at the time, and the assassination of JFK would occur within a year of the film's release. Talk about a hot-button movie. The conspiracy thriller that all subsequent conspiracy thrillers would be judged against. Has there been a film about brainwashing that even attempts to match the scope of Frankenheimer's film? The story is handled so delicately, heavy on taut mood, using next to no music and taking full advantage of black and white photography. The unraveling of a grand scheme plays so casually realistic that it is not so farfetched…
This suspenseful ride, set during the Korean War, does not seem dated at all. It follows a brainwashed war veteran who is being used in a communist scheme against his will.
This film contains one intense scene after another. One in particular, near the beginning, really stands out in my memory. It is when a group of soldiers is being brainwashed, while thinking they are at a garden party. After this, many of them begin to have nightmares revealing the truth about the events that really unfolded. Expert editing and filmmaking, in this scene as well as in the rest of the film, smoothly let the story unfold in a bold and unsettling manner.
In addition to its technical merit…
Sunday morning movie and coffee with Frank Sinatra! They don't make movie stars like they used to.
I wish there was a way to experience this original version of the film with no knowledge of the remake. Given how familiar i am with that, this sadly never had a chance in comparision, despite areas of obvious merit.
This film still mostly holds up today as a 1962 visionary type political thriller.
It's quite something.
Why don't you pass the time by playing a little solitaire?
My favorite psychological and political thriller.
Film #12 of the "Scavenger Hunt #6 Challenge"
Item #13: A political film
A good film but no doubt I would have liked it more had I seen it back in the 60s. I'm not way big into political films but I sure do love assassination stories. Sinatra, Lansbury and the rest of the cast were excellent. Now I'm curious to see what the remake is like.
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"Raymond Shaw is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life."
One of the best films about paranoia!! You're not sure what is real, or who to trust. While I have seen the remake first, I much prefer this one!! Though, I still like how the remake put it's own spin on the source material (like a remake should do).
Shell shocked veteran Bennett Marco (Frank Sinatra) has been having nightmares about what happened to him and his platoon during the Korean War. It involves fellow soldier Staff Sergeant Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey) being brainwashed into murdering two of their soldiers. Not only that, but he learns another fellow soldier has been dreaming the…
Jarrett Duncan Memorial Film Challenge
16/30 A movie about politics
Conditioned at the pavlov institute!
I haven't masturbated my Kubrick muscle in a while but I do feel that this film must have had an influence upon Dr. Strangelove. It's not a stretch to imagine. The connections are there if you want to see them.
Right now, I just can't seem to remember them... I... I... just see red queens...
Whatever. There are a lot of great things going on here. It's a whacked out pulp thing or something> I don knot knwokthese terms enough tot use em right. Significant enough of a film that it should be watched under stress of Pynchon connectionreference possibilities
and the out of focus close-ups are good
Al principio me molestó mucho tener que aguantar una voz en off que me explicase las cosas.
Y confieso que no le veo sentido al personaje de Janet Leigh que está metido con calzador y es completamente inverosímil.
Pero Sinatra aguanta, Harvey está brillante en su escena de borrachuzo, a la Lansbury se la odia con ganas (qué mal rollito que deja su personaje) y la historia atrapa y mucho.
Lo de la pelea de artes marciales de Sinatra contra un Henry Silva achinado es de nota, por cierto.
Sjukt spännande film.
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