Friday, September 22, 2006

Weekend viewing tip

The Manchurian Candidate -- the classic original, not the inferior remake -- can be seen at 7 pm CST Saturday and 5 pm CST Sunday on Turner Classic Movies. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Anyone who charts the development of thrillers throughout the history of American cinema must reserve a place of honor for John Frankenheimer’s masterwork, the not-so-missing link between grimly paranoid, seriously noirish melodramas of the Cold War-fixated ’50s, and darkly ironic, brazenly fantastical superspy escapades of the swinging ’60s.

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