(Dir. John Frankenheimer, 1962) Based on the 1959 novel by Richard Condon, Frankenheimer’s film stars Lawrence Harvey, Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh and Henry Silva, each of whom give sterling performances (Lansbury was nominated for an Academy Award for her role). The film’s chilling portrait of MaCarthyesque persecution and assasination plot was brutally reminiscent of the actual political loandscape of the early ‘60s and may explain the film’s poor box office showings at the time of it’s release. It has since been recognized as a masterpiece by afficianado’s of the spy thriller/conspiracy genre. Don’t dare look at The X Files without first seeing The Manchurian Candidate!
(dir. George Sidney, 1945) Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra in their first musical together play two sailors on shore leave. (They would play similar roles in On The Town, 1949). Memorable moments in this immensely popular and highly imaginative film include Sinatra singing, "I Fall in Love too Easily," and Kelly’s dance with Jerry, the cartoon mouse. Showing with Anchors Aweigh will be a short subject, All Star Bond Rally, also made in 1945, featuring Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Betty Grable, Carmen Miranda and numerous other Hollywood luminaries.
(Dir. Jim Jarmusch, 1984) When 16 year-old Eva from Hungary invades the domain of her New York cousin Willie and his friend Eddie, she is at first an irritation, but later a source of color in their lives. A year later, after rescuing Eva from a midwestern winter and her eccentric Aunt Lotte, the quirky cabal head south for an existential vacation in a paradise called Florida. Winner of the Cannes Film Festival Camera d'Or, Stranger Than Paradise marks the directorial debut of Jim Jarmusch
(Dir. Bob Rafelson, 1972) A comic nightmare set, appropriately, in the glitzy wasteland of Atlantic City, the film was far too offbeat for the American public, mixing drama, comedy and violence
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