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The Parallax View (1974)

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THE PARALLAX VIEW | Dir. Alan J. Pakula | 1974 | 102 min

Investigative reporter Joe Frady (Warren Beatty) discovers that the assassination of a US senator wasn’t an isolated incident. His investigation leads him to suspect the Parallax Corporation was involved and soon, Frady finds himself in a larger than life conspiracy.

The Parallax View is the second “Willis” film that forms our Spotlight Series on American cinematographers Gordon Willis and Haskell Wexler. To learn more about this series, read our Whitepaper written by Cinematheque Board Member and Programmer Felicia Glatz:

EXCERPT: “Gordon Willis carefully dissects the screen, relegating action to miniscule but sterilely lit portions of his frame. These highly dichotomous compositions lead us to the most literal and significant interpretations, something he has mastered and recurrently exercises for maximal impact. Joseph Frady (Warren Beatty) a journalist on the run divulges classified and dangerous information to his editor Bill Rintels (Hume Cronyn) in his tiny glass office, a vivarium floating in a dark newspaper room. Frady, who has penetrated an elite assassin’s recruitment facility, follows them into the shadows where they carry out their orders robotically. Their world is opaque and all consuming; likewise, Willis’s darkness gradually strangles the light into submission. The second of three collaborations between himself and Alan J Pakula, The Parallax View (1974) synthesizes the most politically subversive themes with finely tuned formal delivery. A collective suspicion stemming from the highly investigated and even more so theorized JFK assassination, humors Pakula’s critique of a lone patsy narrative.”

To read the full Whitepaper click HERE.

The Parallax View is the fifth selection in our SPOTLIGHT: WILLIS AND WEXLER series.

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In a new direction for CCS, we're shining a spotlight on cinematographers, choosing two Americans, Gordon Willis and Haskell Wexler, and their politically charged films of the 1960s and 1970s. Willis brought a mantra of simplicity to his work, with the philosophy of never adding more when less could be better. With that approach, he became known as the "Prince of Darkness" for his willingness to allow shadow to predominate a frame. He was the favored collaborator of several directors, spanning multiple genres. Our series is dominated by his work on the political films of Alan J. Pakula, including "All the President's Men" and "The Parallax View." Haskell Wexler brought a sensibiity attuned to subtle lighting in shades of grey, often working with soft bounced light. He was a political activist all his life, and in this series his work on films directed by Hal Ashby and Norman Jewison shows his artistry applied to strong political themes, but also on the emotional ride of Mike Nichols's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"


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