THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE
1962, Park Circus, 126 min, USA, Dir: John Frankenheimer

"Why don't you pass the time by playing a little solitaire?" Former POW Frank Sinatra tries to connect the dots when decorated comrade Laurence Harvey starts acting strangely, only to have a nightmarish labyrinth unravel in his lap. Korean War brainwashing, Harvey’s rich control-freak mother (Angela Lansbury), her right-wing candidate hubby (James Gregory in a savage parody of Sen. Joseph McCarthy) and an assassination plot mesh in John Frankenheimer's masterfully woozy adaptation of Richard Condon’s satirical thriller. With Janet Leigh.


BIRDMAN OF ALCATRAZ
1962, Park Circus, 147 min, USA, Dir: John Frankenheimer, Charles Crichton

Convicted killer Robert Stroud (Burt Lancaster) becomes an internationally respected bird expert from behind prison bars in this true story. Director John Frankenheimer livens up a potentially static tale with innovative visuals and help from a supporting cast that includes Karl Malden, Telly Savalas and Edmond O'Brien.


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