Tuesday 6 November Film Show
PHCL Film Show presents
Is Donald Trump . . .?
The Manchurian Candidate
Starring Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh
Directed by John FrankenheimerUSA 1962 121 minutes
With a tub-thumping Right-Wing presidential candidate, a frighteningly ambitious politician’s wife and suggestions of electoral manipulation by sinister outside forces, John Frankenheimer’s classic American thriller has lost none of its potency since it was released at the time of the Cuban missile crisis.
The film, which was withheld from distribution by star Frank Sinatra for almost a quarter century after President Kennedy's assassination, combines chilling suspense, perverse humour and vicious political satire. It centres upon Bennet Marco (Sinatra), who is haunted by nightmares about his platoon having been captured and brainwashed in Korea. His indecipherable dreams centre upon Sergeant Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey), a decorated war hero who appears to kill two of his unit in front of Russian and Korean officials. Is Shaw less heroic and more insidious than he seems? Is his power-mad mother part of a terrifying political conspiracy? So many questions, so precious little time for Marco to answer them in this compelling morass of Cold War paranoia.
Doors open 7.15pm, Introduction 7.45pm, Film 8.00pm £8.00, in cash, including a glass of wine. Tickets, up to two per person, on sale at the Library, Sharpleshall Street, NW1 8YN (on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays) or on the door.