Cinema: Paranoid Thriller

THE PARALLAX VIEW

Directed by ALAN J. PAKULA

Screenplay by DAVID GILER and LORENZO SEMPLE JR.

The paranoid thriller is an expanding genre in movies and popular fiction.* The idea is to start from a thinly fictionalized version of a political tragedy like one of the Kennedy assassinations and build on it a thickly embroidered explanation that caters to the suspicion that such murders are plotted by a malevolent Establishment. It is apparently comforting for many people to believe that the course of the world is changed more by rational planning, however evil, than it is by irrational individual actions.

Nor is it very...

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