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The Parallax View (1974)

Director:
Alan J. Pakula
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Thriller/Mystery
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Siste vitne
RUNNING TIME
102 minutes
Producer:
Alan J. Pakula
Screenwriter (based on the novel by Loren Singer):
David Giler
Lorenzo Semple, Jr.


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Joseph Frady Warren Beatty
Editor Edgar Rintels Hume Cronyn
Austin Tucker William Daniels
Lee Carter Paula Prentiss
Agent Turner Kenneth Mars

 

Review

This thematic predecessor to the Pakula-team's greater success, All the President't Men two years later, is a bit more audacious and far-out. The script by David Giler and Lorenzo Semple is clever and has a lot to offer, but it is also a relentlessly pessimistic downward spiral that leaves the exciting ambiguity of paranoia vs. actual peril a bit too early. However, the direction is skillful and stylish with some great visual segments (including the two brilliantly staged board announcements, and the suggestive Parallax-test), and - of course - the film has Warren Beatty - in a sensual, era-defining, trendsetting performance that more than anything underlined his intellectual playboy persona. Beatty even makes a barfight seem cerebral and fashionable, and he delivers lines in a way that makes you long for the seventies. Which in retrospect is much of what this film is about.

Copyright 7.12.2006 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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