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Seconds (Criterion) (1966)

Cast: Rock Hudson, Rock Hudson, Salome Jens, more...
Director: John Frankenheimer, John Frankenheimer
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Studio: Criterion
Genre: Science Fiction , Criterion Collection
Running Time: 107 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
Rock Hudson is a revelation in this sinister, science-fiction-inflected dispatch from the fractured 1960s. Seconds, directed by John Frankenheimer, concerns a middle-aged banker who, dissatisfied with his suburban existence, elects to undergo a strange and elaborate procedure that will grant him a new life. Starting over in America, however, is not as easy as it sounds. This paranoiac symphony of canted camera angles (courtesy of famed cinematographer James Wong Howe), fragmented editing, and layered sound design is a remarkably risk-taking Hollywood film that ranks high on the list of its legendary directors achievements.

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Original and Scary by JPielaszczyk March 29, 2005 - 12:24 PM PST
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5 out of 6 members found this review helpful
Very well done. While watching, one perhaps recalls that it was Frankenheimer who also directed The Manchurian Candidate. Could also be described as a melodrama (fine music) or a morality play. The pacing, mise en scene, and acting between the wife and the pre-Hudson character in the early scenes are perfect. Late 50s/early 60s ambience was excellent.

The bacchanal and party scenes got tedious (as they do in general for me), but were overwhelmed by the general strength of the film.




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