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Sat Apr 9, 2022, 11:29 AM

Anybody watch the 70s film The Parallax View?

It's a great movie with Warren Beatty.

Spoiler

It's about a corporation that puts political assassins into place to kill various politicians to further the interests of the elite. It's chilling.

And depressing. Beatty plays a reporter trying to get at the bottom of what is going on, but it set up as a "lone wolf" assassin at the end.

I'm starting to get paranoid.

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Reply Anybody watch the 70s film The Parallax View? (Original post)
XanaDUer2 Apr 2022 OP
FoxNewsSucks Apr 2022 #1
XanaDUer2 Apr 2022 #2
Floyd R. Turbo Apr 2022 #3
Doc Sportello Apr 2022 #4
gratuitous Apr 2022 #5
Blue_Tires Apr 2022 #6
XanaDUer2 Apr 2022 #7

Response to XanaDUer2 (Original post)

Sat Apr 9, 2022, 11:32 AM

1. Sounds like a documentary of the last few years

I'll definitely look it up

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Response to FoxNewsSucks (Reply #1)

Sat Apr 9, 2022, 11:33 AM

2. It's on FLXW now

Do watch it. Great movie

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Response to XanaDUer2 (Original post)

Sat Apr 9, 2022, 11:34 AM

3. Many years ago.

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Response to XanaDUer2 (Original post)

Sat Apr 9, 2022, 11:56 AM

4. Great movie that is intentionally disorienting

I loved it the first time I saw it when it came out and thought it was brilliant. I read that director Alan Pakula shot it in such as way (such as lots of wide or long shots of the murder on the boat or outside an office building window while still hearing dialogue) to create an atmosphere that makes the viewer feel like an outsider to the violence and schemes of the powerful.

A few years later I tried watching it while on mushrooms. Not a good idea.

Here's an article that puts it as part of a 70s paranoia trilogy Pakula did, starting with Klute and ending with All the President's Men, the latter including some of the techniques used in the Parallax View:
https://www.rogerebert.com/features/the-parallax-view-and-the-golden-age-of-paranoia

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Response to XanaDUer2 (Original post)

Sat Apr 9, 2022, 12:07 PM

5. Watched it just a couple of weeks ago

One of the streaming services with our Xfinity account. I'd previously watched "The Conversation" (an interesting character-study movie), and it recommended The Parallax View. It was all right, but the Warren Beatty reporter character found himself getting in deep, realizing that the story he was following was bigger than he thought. Yet he didn't take any measures to protect himself, he just kept following the thread, oblivious or uncaring about the danger he was in.

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Response to XanaDUer2 (Original post)

Sat Apr 9, 2022, 12:15 PM

6. Seen it...

And the plot device has been used in a bunch of other movies, like Arlington Road.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #6)

Sat Apr 9, 2022, 12:21 PM

7. Arlington Road

I feel the same way about. Saw it years ago and still think about scenes in it

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