2018 Summer Arts Festival at the Lyric “The Manchurian Candidate”

Lyric Theatre | Cinema

June 9, 2018 at 3:00pm
June 13, 2018 at 3:00pm

The Manchurian Candidate is a 1962 American Cold War suspense thriller film directed and produced by John Frankenheimer and written by George Axelrod, based on the 1959 Richard Condon novel The Manchurian Candidate. Filmed in black and white with noirsh overtones, it stars Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey and Janet Leigh, with Angela Lansbury, Henry Silva, and James Gregory in supporting roles. The plot centers on the Korean War brainwashing of Raymond Shaw, the son of a prominent political family, who becomes an unwitting assassin of an international communist conspiracy. Officials from China and the Soviet Union employ Shaw as a sleeper agent in an attempt to take over the U.S. government.

The film was released in the United States on October 24, 1962, at the height of U.S.-Soviet hostility during the Cuban Missile Crisis. It was well-received by critics and was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress (Lansbury) and Best Editing. It was seen by far fewer people at the time than other classic films released that year such as Lawrence of Arabia, Lolita and The Miracle Worker, but was selected in 1994 for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."



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