Third Party

Network isn't the only special screening this week to predict with eerie accuracy future events. John Frankenheimer's The Manchurian Candidate -with its themes of political assasination, brainwashing and government conspiracies-was released in 1962, one year before the assassination of John F. Kennedy brought these ideas to the forefront of popular culture. The film tells the story of a former P.O.W. who may have experienced more during his capture than he even realizes. Though drawing off of Cold War paranoia, The Manchurian Candidate is still incredibly suspenseful and superbly crafted as concepts that may have seemed a little far-fetched at the time have proved to be more accurate than we'd like to admit.
Wed., July 23, 7:30 p.m., 2008

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