LADYBUG LADYBUG
1963, Park Circus/MGM, 82 min, USA, Dir: Frank Perry

From Frank and Eleanor Perry, the husband-wife filmmaking duo behind such acclaimed films as DAVID AND LISA and THE SWIMMER, comes this anxiety-inducing Cold War drama based on a real incident that occurred in a rural elementary school. The film follows a group of schoolchildren and staff who react to a nuclear attack alarm bell; unsure whether or not the threat is legitimate, they make their way to a bomb shelter as they contemplate their possible destruction. Shot in a naturalistic documentary style that adds to the frightening reality of the scenario, LADYBUG LADYBUG is both a document of 1960s Middle America and a reflection of today’s ever-present fear of nuclear holocaust. Jane Connell, William Daniels, James Frawley and Estelle Parsons lead the ensemble cast.


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.)


1776
1972, Sony Repertory, 169 min, USA, Dir: Peter H. Hunt

Director Peter H. Hunt’s inspired, faithful adaptation of the 1969 Broadway smash. Who would have thought the story of the signing of the Declaration of Independence could be so fascinating as a movie and a musical? John Adams (William Daniels), Benjamin Franklin (Howard Da Silva) and Thomas Jefferson (Ken Howard) try to woo the rest of the colonies toward independence from Mother England. Many of the actors here were in the original Broadway production, and their ease in the roles shows on the screen.


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