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
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.