Along with under-sung director Alan J. For instance,the non-fallout from the cartoonish bomb explosion of Beatty's plane containing an important political official no less certainly shouldhave aroused greater attention and suspicion. The movie is quite suspenseful; like The Thing, you willnot know who to trust. We are shown eyewitnesses who don't know what they thought they saw during an assassination attempt. .
In the age of conspiracy, there are dozen of reasons why bad thingshappen to good people. Composer Michael Small's main theme used at strategic points throughout thefilm and often playing on the traditional patriotic sound of the trumpet has a quality both mournful and despairing that relates effectively to whatwe are watching. Pakula has been involved in more widely-known projects such as All ThePresident's Men and Presumed Innocent, but The Parallax View is definitelyone of his best and most powerful films. The first half of the movie ratches up the tension nicely but, sadly, the latter part of the film doesn't provide any major thrills. All of the decade's political misgivings and introspection is concentrated into the merciless culmination, with Yankee Doodle trumpeting in the bare hall while unpleasant transactions imbue the catwalks above, a country awakening to methodical obscurity and transparency alike. The supporting cast is first rate.
It's a very special film that allows us to trust the filmmakers even though we know they may be giving us unreliable information. Much of 'The Parallax View' was later used in'Arlington Road', an unconvincing movie which was much too contrived for meto be believable. The acting, writing, pacing and suspense are one of a kind. Reviewed by Andrew McNess The late Alan J. This is a story full of intriguing moves and clever counter-moves. The supposed assassin isconveniently killed and the sinister waiter disappears.
William Daniels, Paula Prentiss and the wonderful Hume Cronyn, who plays Frady's newspaper editor, all give superb performances. Not to mention the many other people who were present that day to witness it, who also saw things from their own point of view. If you have a single definitive answer or view , then you don't have a parallax view. It is never phony or silly. With Williams Daniels and Hume Cronyn insupporting roles, this strange and compelling film urges the audienceto try and stay ahead of the assassins. You won't get any answers from this film.
His commanding use of light, shapes, and most of all darkness creates a sense of uncertainty that flavors this so-called paranoid thriller. It seems paranoid because itis so far removed from its Zeitgeist. Veteran HumeCronyn 'Shadow Of A Doubt' plays Beatty's editor, Paula Prentiss 'TheStepford Wives' a hysterical fellow journalist, and William Daniels DustinHoffman's father in 'The Graduate' has a brief but memorable bit as anotherwitness who fears for his life. The movie has to bewatched in the context of when it was made. Its musical score, by Michael Small, is particularly accomplished - throughout the film it manages to convey a strong feeling of the seemingly omnipresent threat that Frady's enemies pose.
There's also an endeavor to enforce the glare of modern American architecture throughout as a monumental backdrop, steel and glass edifices that look somehow? Finally, I'd like to cast a vote for Mr. People can judgefor themselves whether any of the dirty tricks this movie documentsreally go on, but that's really not the point. Senate staff member and investigative reporter, devoted 40 years of his life to researching and writing about the Kennedy and King assassinations. As he tries to investigatefurther, he finds himself on the run. You can bet this wasn't diluted by audience testing prior torelease. Some folks saw movement in the grassy knoll, others didn't. So, although The Parallax View ultimately may lack the cohesion and cinematic rhythm to be an outstanding thriller or mystery - unlike the masterpiece that is Chinatown, for example - this unusual film still deserves to be regarded as a classic of the conspiracy genre.
A footnote: how do the people who find this film profound explain the extended, useless fistfight near the beginning? I love thescene where Cronyn lists all the crackpot stories Beatty has profferedto him before. One profound scene, in which Beatty's character is made to watch a montage of striking images, stands out as the film's highlight. Certainly there are aspects which lurch toward absurdity. Pakula shoots on location to capture a careful texture of the outside world's danger much of the time. Even forme, this far removed, I find the events depicted quite likely. Most of these details arefascinating and we feel like Pakula is letting us in on some of thedirty little subversive things we've always feared may occur behind thedoors of the seat of government. As Beatty burrowsdeeper and deeper, it becomes a question of who is manipulating who? Spoilers Ahead: Trust me this is an excellent scary movie.
The movie is replete with pop out scares, plot twistsand chases. People talk so very quietly in his movies. We are shown conspirators who are constantly seeing around the next corner. Beatty is ably backed up by the supporting cast, most notably Hume Cronyn asFrady's editor, and Paula Prentiss and William Daniels as, respectively, atelevision reporter and columnist both in fear for theirlives. And whilst it may not be as polished or complete a production as the other two movies, I'd argue that it's the one which is most effective at capturing the early 1970's paranoiac Zeitgeist. Pakula's 1974 film about political murders is a superblycrafted thriller that holds the audience in its quiet, unsettlinggrip.
An exciting and heartpounding ending awaiting anyone paying attention and riveted to theirchair. I saw this film first some twenty years ago and loved it. Hume Cronyn gives a great performance asBeatty's editor who has heard his crazy stories all before. Film audiences would have to wait for another two years before another of Pakula's productions, 1976's All The President's Men, would finally be able to offer some real explanations. Base on the David Giler noveland aptly directed by Alan J. However, within three years, Joe is the only witness still alive.
This, coupled with Beatty's quietly charismatic and believable performance, allows the film's audience to really engage and identify with the film's main character and the peril that he faces. He then decides to enroll for the Parallax training himself to discover the truth. The movie is non stop suspensefrom the beginning to the ending. Articleson Pakula often focus on his award-winning work and neglect this finemovie. Also keep an eye out for the legendary BillMcKinney who nobody who's ever seen 'Deliverance' will forget! A lot of times, Beatty's escape from danger seems remarkably effortless, and his way of being recruited by the Parallax Corporation is less an obstacle than a convenient turning of the page to the recruitment itself.