THE PARALLAX VIEW
1974, Paramount, 102 min, USA, Dir: Alan J. Pakula

Impetuous reporter Warren Beatty’s hunt for a political assassin turns more and more terrifying as each successive layer of corruption and right-wing insanity is unpeeled. When he enlists in a program to recruit social misfits as political killers-for-hire, the narrative assumes cosmically paranoid dimensions. A daringly downbeat, uncompromising speculation on how far the advocates of repression will go, co-written by Lorenzo Semple Jr. With Paula Prentiss, William Daniels, Hume Cronyn. "Its visual organization is stunning. … Excellent performances; fascinating film." - Time Out (U.K.)


BRUTE FORCE
1947, Universal [Upcoast Film Consultants], 98 min, USA, Dir: Jules Dassin

Intense, violent and nihilistic in the extreme, this Mark Hellinger-produced prison drama may well be the bleakest, most despairing film noir of them all. Burt Lancaster plots a breakout for the inmates of Cell R-17 so they can escape the sadism of fascistic bully Hume Cronyn. The climactic bust-out remains a shocker, as the escape erupts into full-throttle warfare. Still the most unforgettable men-behind-bars movie ever made! “Men caged on the inside… Driven by the thought of their women on the loose!”


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