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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 skilful 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 bar fight 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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