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The Celluloid Agglomeration

The titles go: Definite Article (The), Flowery Descriptor (Manchurian), and Intriguing Noun (Candidate). There's something about this very specific type of title that was so popular in the late 60s through the early 80s. I think the trend came from Robert Ludlum novels but also existed prior to those and I'm fascinated with it as some kind of unspoken, yet agreed upon cinematic convention. If your political or espionage thriller didn't have The Burlingame Balls (Universal Pictures, 1976) to have a title like this, it might as well have been a Disney flick. Still, some titles flirt with the model but don't quite go all the way. 'The Deadly Affair' or 'The Black Windmill' come close but lack that florid…

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  • The Quiller Memorandum
  • The Holcroft Covenant
  • The Osterman Weekend
  • The Parallax View
  • The Ipcress File
  • The Eiger Sanction
  • The Internecine Project
  • The Manchurian Candidate
  • The China Syndrome
  • The Anderson Tapes
  • The Fourth Protocol
  • The Kremlin Letter
  • The Odessa File
  • The Uranium Conspiracy
  • The Venetian Affair
  • The Lucifer Complex
  • The Medusa Touch
  • The Domino Principle
  • The Andromeda Strain
  • The Bedford Incident
  • The Bourne Identity
  • The Bourne Ultimatum
  • The Bourne Supremacy
  • The Apocalypse Watch
  • The Marseille Contract
  • The Adjustment Bureau
  • The French Connection
  • The Groundstar Conspiracy
  • The President's Analyst
  • The Counterfeit Traitor
  • The Human Factor
  • The Naked Runner
  • The Tamarind Seed
  • The Double McGuffin
  • The Satan Bug
  • The Champagne Murders
  • The Cassandra Crossing
  • Colossus: The Forbin Project
  • The Valachi Papers
  • The Stendhal Syndrome
  • The Looking Glass War
  • The Manchurian Candidate
  • The Russia House
  • The Constant Gardener
  • The Night Manager
  • The Salzburg Connection
  • The London Connection
  • The Bourne Legacy
  • The Rhythm Section
  • The Wilby Conspiracy
  • The Naked Face
  • The Amsterdam Kill
  • The Swiss Conspiracy
  • The Honorary Consul
  • The Bourne Identity
  • The Teckman Mystery
  • The Ninth Configuration
  • The Pelican Brief
  • The Mothman Prophecies
  • The Cloverfield Paradox
  • The Astral Factor
  • The Living Daylights
  • The Maltese Falcon
  • The Wicker Man
  • The Neptune Factor
  • The Trygon Factor
  • The Crying Game
  • The Assassination Bureau
  • The Caine Mutiny
  • The Dunwich Horror
  • The Hudsucker Proxy
  • The January Man
  • The Luzhin Defence
  • The Macomber Affair
  • The Mephisto Waltz
  • The Saragossa Manuscript
  • The Shanghai Gesture
  • The Towering Inferno
  • The Stepford Wives
  • The Paradine Case
  • The Star Chamber
  • The Hourglass Sanatorium
  • Concorde Affair
  • The November Man
  • The Belko Experiment
  • The Kirlian Witness
  • The Maiden Heist
  • The Manhattan Project
  • The Ox-Bow Incident
  • The Philadelphia Experiment
  • The Poughkeepsie Tapes
  • The Resistance Banker
  • The Windsor Protocol
  • The Linguini Incident
  • The Rosary Murders
  • The Pink Panther
  • The McKenzie Break
  • The Da Vinci Code
  • The Butterfly Effect
  • The Jericho Mile