The original 1962 poster for the unforgettable THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE yelled in big letters: “If you come in five minutes after the picture begins, you won’t know what it’s all about! When you’ve seen it all, you’ll swear there’s never been anything like it!” (not even MIFF’s dear friend Jonathan Demme’s perhaps ill-advised 2004 remake.) But the poster really wasn’t lying, and 50 years later, THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, now recognized as a classic, looks just as terrifying—in fact more so!—in our day. Lansbury received an Oscar nomination as the extreme right-wing mother of Korean War officer Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey) who returns from the war with a medal of honor—and as the focal point of recurrent nightmares by members of his squad there, including Frank Sinatra’s Captain Bennett Marcos, nightmares populated with Shaw murdering fellow squad members. “Life has rarely imitated art in more fantastic, catastrophic, and wildly suspicious ways than with The Manchurian Candidate” (Brian Eggert, Deep Focus), John Frankenheimer’s “cracked masterpiece” (Norman Wilner, NOW) based on Richard Condon’s thriller.
One Night Only!
Sunday, November 6