John Early Presents
The Parallax View

Director: Alan J. Pakula
USA / 1974 / 102 min

Intro by John Early
Q&A with Brace Belden and Liz Franczak moderated by Will Menaker

Last streamed on Sat, Nov 6

After an ex-girlfriend comes to him with an eyewitness report on the assassination of a sitting U.S. senator at the Seattle Space Needle that contravenes the official story, anti-authoritarian investigative reporter Warren Beatty follows a thread that leads him to the shadowy Parallax Corporation, a sinister, secret right-wing organization specializing in agitprop brainwashing and political hits who will stop at nothing to retain a grip on the levers of power. Beatty has never been better than he is in this bleak thriller, nor has cinematographer Gordon Willis, who enhances the film’s mood of gnawing dread and paranoia through creeping, ink-dark shadows and coolly distanced anamorphic compositions.