Classic conspiracy (and political paranoia) movies for summer viewing, week 8

This week’s pick for a classic conspiracy/political paranoia film is The Manchurian Candidate, a movie about a foreign plot to control the presidency of the United States. I

US government photo, National Archives

The Manchurian Candidate is filled with international intrigue and sly commentary about the American political system.  Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, and James Gregory head an outstanding cast.  John Frankenheimer, whose Seven Days in May was a previous selection in this series, brings a crisp and exciting style to the proceedings.

I’ve written about this one elsewhere. You’ll find some of that in an article from Slate that you can access here.

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TO MARK THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BOOK CONSPIRACY THEORY IN FILM, TELEVISION, AND POLITICS, I ‘M SUGGESTING A DIFFERENT CLASSIC FILM WITH A CONSPIRACY OR POLITICAL PARANOIA THEME EVERY WEEK THIS SUMMER. THINK OF IT AS A DO-IT-YOURSELF PARANOID SUMMER FILM FESTIVAL.