The Manchurian Candidate

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Macmillan, Sep 26, 2002 - History - 79 pages
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There are unforgettable performances in 'The Manchurian Candidate' from Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh and Angela Lansbury as an incarnation of murderous perversity. But Frank Sinatra is at the heart of the film, horrified then devastated by what he has to see until, finally, for Greil Marcus, he's 'a man almost dead with sorrow and guilt'. As Marcus reconstructs the drama, this is a movie in which the director and actors were suddenly capable of anything, beyond any expectations. He shows how 'The Manchurian Candidate' has burrowed deeply into American culture, becoming at once an ineradicable piece of folklore and a mystery yet to be solved.

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Greil Marcus is the author of Mystery Train (1975), Lipstick Traces (1989), The Old, Weird America: The World of Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes (1997/2001) and Double Trouble: Bill Clinton and Elvis Presley in the Land of No Alternatives (2000). In 2001 he taught an American Studies seminar on 'Prophecy and the American Voice' at Princeton and the University of California, Berkeley.