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March 13th, 2014
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[film] SECONDS

Saw John Frankenheimer's SECONDS (1966) last night at the Colony as part of the Cinema Overdrive series (next month is Dario Argento's Four Flies on Grey Velvet). A middle-aged man signs over much of his savings to a mysterious corporation that fakes his death, gives him plastic surgery and months of physical training and orientation (provided by a guidance counselor played by the brainwashing specialist from Frankenheimer's earlier film The Manchurian Candidate) and now the dead middle-aged married man with college kids is a single Rock Hudson painting in Malibu.

Will Geer as the old man and head of the organization providing Witness Relocation Program For Midlife Crisis Sufferers is positively mephistophelean in his gentle convincing of the main character to sign up for the program. Dionysian bacchanal in the middle probably felt different to a pre-Wicker Man audience. Great unnerving soundtrack, amazing cinematography. Recommended.

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Date:March 15th, 2014 10:06 pm (UTC)
I'd never heard this story before (from Wikipedia):

"Seconds is also known for its connection to American songwriter Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, who was strongly affected by the film during sessions for the concept album Smile. After arriving late to the theater, he appeared to be greeted with the onscreen dialogue, "Come in, Mr. Wilson," believing for some time that the film was directly based on his recent traumatic experiences and intellectual pursuits, going so far as to note that 'even the beach was in it, a whole thing about the beach.' Wilson soon after ceased Smile recording sessions for the next several decades. The movie reportedly frightened him so much that it wouldn't be until 1982's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial that he'd ever visit a movie theater again."
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Date:March 15th, 2014 10:50 pm (UTC)
I did not know this story. Thanks!
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