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Alan J. Pakula

The Parallax View

Director Alan J. Pakula Composer Michael Small Cast Warren Beatty, Paula Prentiss, William Daniels
Edition 2024
102' - 1974 - Crime, Thriller - Dialogue: English

Arguably the best paranoid political thriller of the seventies, The Parallax View features Hollywood liberal Warren Beatty as the second-rate reporter who tracks down a shady organisation in the business of political assassinations. Pakula finds apt visual metaphors to display a collective distrust in American politics.

The Parallax View is the American thriller that best captures the paranoid atmosphere that emerged after the shocking assassinations in the 1960s of a number of political leaders (John F. and Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X) and pushes the conspiracy theories that counter the lone gunmen's fairy tales to their most extreme conclusion. Journalist Joe Frady (Warren Beatty) investigates a series of strange deaths of witnesses to the assassination of a potential presidential candidate at the Space Needle in Seattle. In his search for the perpetrators, Frady stumbles upon the Parallax Corporation, a shadowy organisation involved in recruiting, enlisting and training political assassins. Alan J. Pakula, in the strongest part of his paranoia trilogy (the others being Klute and All the President's Men), finds strong visual metaphors to depict his distrust in the US open government system.

Tickets & screenings: from 19 September 2024.

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Alan J. Pakula


Michael Small


Warren Beatty, Paula Prentiss, William Daniels


David Giler, Lorenzo Semple Jr., Robert Towne

Director of Photography

Gordon Willis


John W. Wheeler


Alan J. Pakula

Production studios

Doubleday Productions, Harbor Productions

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Countries of production

United States of America

Screenplay based on

"The Parallax View" (Loren Singer)