The Paranoid Style in Cinema: The Parallax View (1974, Alan J. Pakula)

The early ’70s offered one explosion after another. Investigative reporters released world-historical bombshells: Seymour Hersh’s reporting on the My Lai Massacre; Daniel Ellsberg leaking the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times; Jack Anderson exposing Richard Nixon’s relationship with ITT. … Continue reading The Paranoid Style in Cinema: The Parallax View (1974, Alan J. Pakula)

The Paranoid Style in Cinema: The Day of the Jackal (1973, Fred Zinnemann)

The shadow of assassination, even as it haunted America, seemed a perennial threat in postwar Europe. The ’60s and ’70s saw France, Italy, West Germany and Spain wracked by leftist terror groups and rightist paramilitary organizations, with government repression and … Continue reading The Paranoid Style in Cinema: The Day of the Jackal (1973, Fred Zinnemann)

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