Parallax View & All Presidents (15)
Part of the US Elections Season
US Elections: Pakula, Paranoia & Politics Double Bill
THE PARALLAX VIEW (1974) d. Alan J. Pakula Cast: Warren Beatty, Paula Prentiss, Hume Cronyn - 102mins
Made in 1974 when the so called "New American Cinema" era that delivered so many great movies and also arguably the final high point for Hollywood was drawing to a close. Pakula found in Beatty (one of the NAC's leading lights) a willing accomplice for this sparkling conspiracy thriller.
Beatty - who has perhaps never been better - plays Joseph Frady, a journalist whose interest is belatedly piqued by the fall out from a political assassination that had occurred a number of years previously. His subsequent investigation leads him deeper into an ever murkier and threatening world at the heart of which sits the sinister Parallax Corporation - an organisation that recruits and trains suitable candidates to become political killers.
ALL THE PRESIDENTS MEN (1976) d. Alan J. Pakula Cast: Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Warden - 138mins
The concluding part of Alan J. Pakula's "Paranoia Trilogy" and also the most commercially successful of the three. Based upon the non-fiction novel of the same name written by Carl Bernstein (Hoffman) and Bob Woodward (Redford) who investigated and helped break the story of the Watergate scandal for The Washington Post.
A weighty historical event that, in the hands of a less skilled director, might have become as bogged down as the original investigations and hearings leading up to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. Pakula - along with the note perfect cast - keeps the tension and pacing taut throughout and, in so doing, made a virtual blueprint for filmmakers of the political thriller thereafter.
Running Time: 240 minutes