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Seconds - Wellington Film Society


Mon 11 Jun 2018, 6:15pm–8:00pm

Where: Embassy Theatre, 10 Kent Terrace, Mt Victoria, Wellington

Restrictions: M

Ticket Information:

  • Members Free: $0.00
  • 12-month Membership: $120.00
  • Additional fees may apply

John Frankenheimer, USA, 1966, 106 minutes M Nudity.

The third film in John Frankenheimer's 'Paranoia Trilogy', following The Manchurian Candidate (1962) and Seven Days in May (1963), this lesser-known reality-bending sci-fi drama, about a suburban midlife crisis and the lure of a 'rebirth', blends the American Dream with Kafkaesque nightmare.

Startlingly modern in its preoccupations - the cult of youth, body modification, corporate evil and soul-sucking materialism - it's an expressionist snapshot of emerging 6os concerns.

So modern, in fact, that both David Fincher's The Game (1997) and the body-swap thriller Self/less (2015) drew extensively on it... Pricklingly original from Saul Bass's face-contortion credit sequence onwards, the film owes much of its impact to James Wong Howe's expressive deep-focus camerawork and optical distortions, which bend and fracture key scenes in an impermeably unsettling fashion. - Kate Stables, Sight and Sound, January 2016

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