Love that title — so astrological and so celestial! Like that almost 1970s book, The Andromeda Strain. (Speaking of which, wasn’t that also a movie)?
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse
A key source of modern paranoia films.
…and a miniseries. I’ve seen neither. read the book, though. Don’t remember it, but this looks right up my alley.
The Ghost Writer Spider (David Cronenberg)Pulse (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)Buddy BoyThe Truman ShowBody Snatchers (Abel Ferrara)HabitMoonThe White RibbonEdmondTalk Radio
i thought of a fun one no one has named: the president’s analyst (1967) with james coburn :D a paranoid conspiracy comedy!
huh, incredibly this isn’t in the database. i will have to fix that
here’s a trailer for those who don’t know this crazy film
oh i should also mention the seventh victim (1943) d. mark robson, one of my favorite films and a big influence on rosemary’s baby. this is one of my favorite genre also so this was fun, thanks :)
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Rivette’s entire body of work.
I would recommend:
I’m still getting around to checking out The Parallax View. It’s in my instant queue on Netflix. ;D
Oliver Stone’s JFK
The Manchurian Candidate
Perhaps I didn’t read closely enough, but I didn’t see Le Corbeau or any Clouzot mentioned.
Some will disagree that it is good, but I would also add The Game
Check my list:
In addition to what others have already mentioned:
A Beautiful Mind
The Piano Teacher
Out 1 (Rivette)
Got to bump Ruby’s choice.
The President’s Analyst (1967) is a fantastic reflection of the counter-culture’s obsession with the great conspiracy theory. Ultimately the US is being run by the telephone company. Interjected with the usual New American Cinema set pieces (dreamlike sequences of hippies running through fields), this is, I think, Theodore Flicker’s only theatrical release (he would re-emerge as creator of TVs Barney Miller).
A forgotten gem.
Another 60s favourite is Sidney J Furie’s The Ipcress File (1965) starring the English perennial favourite Michael Caine. Just who are the baddies?
The Seventh VictimThe Fury
THE PARALLAX VIEW
the lives of others
the odessa file
all the presidents men
the truman show
the day of the jackal
although all very different films , these are the ones that popped out to me
House of Games, conspiracy on a smaller level.
Two that come to mind that no one has mentioned: Executive Action, based on the assassination of John Kennedy, and of course Rock Hudson’s creepy classic Seconds.
An obvious one that hasn’t been mentioned yet (unless my Ctrl-F key and I missed it): Hitchcock’s Foreign Correspondent (1940), with its quilt-work of extraordinary acts of murder and manipulation, and conspiracies wrapped inside conspiracies, all tied to Fascism afoot in Great Britain.
Eisenstein’s Ivan the Terrible Part II is one of the all-time great conspiracy films, a movie where the plots and counter-plots that criss-cross the narrative evoke the paranoia of Stalin’s Soviet Union, and which of course led to the end of Sergei Eisenstein’s directing career.
Prisoner of Zenda (1937) is grand fun, with Douglas Fairbanks Jr proving to be a particularly impish delight.
Craig Baldwin’s Tribulation 99 – actually all of Baldwin’s films – does a great job fabricating an alternate history of the world out of found footage, and the stranger it gets, the more it seems like it’s really onto something oddly truthful about the bizarro-world patterns of American history at the end of the 20th century.
The first half of World on a Wire.
No Way Out (1987)