Thursday, June 7, 2007

Seconds (1966)

Directed by John Frankenheimer. Starring Rock Hudson, Murray Hamilton, and Salome Jens.

Kafka might've enjoyed this film, in which we meet a middle-aged man (Hamilton) who has a picture-perfect suburban life, but has become completely dissatisfied with it. One day, the man receives a call from an old friend, believed to be dead, about a company that can change his identity and place him in a new life. After the procedure to change his appearance, the man (now played by Hudson, in easily his best performance) discovers he doesn't much care for his new life either and decides he wants out. There is a way out, but it isn't what he imagined. Frankenheimer's bizarre meditation in identity has the qualities and the power of a vivid nightmare (special mention to James Wong Howe's great black and white cinematography), as well as being a crackling and intelligent thriller.

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