Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1974. Doubleday Productions, Gus, Harbor Productions. Screenplay by David Giler, Lorenzo Semple Jr., based on the novel by Loren Singer. Cinematography by Gordon Willis. Produced by Alan J. Pakula. Music by Michael Small. Production Design by George Jenkins. Costume Design by Frank L. Thompson. Film Editing by John W. Wheeler.
Terrific paranoid thriller in which Warren Beatty plays a reporter whose work is often looked down upon by his colleagues. After the assassination of a prominent American politician, he begins to notice that reporters present at the murder are also being bumped off one by one. This takes him on an investigative trail all the way to a giant corporation called Parallax, whose primary industry is emotional therapy. Beatty signs up to be a patient of theirs, eventually understanding that their version of therapy actually involves mind-control and brainwashing. Right up there with The Manchurian Candidate, this is a solidly directed, breathlessly paced mystery that satisfies the mind as well as the senses. Hume Cronyn is terrific as Beatty’s editor.
The Criterion Collection: #1064