The Wellington Film Society’s program is back after a week off – and we’re still in the sixties, following on from Alphaville we’re in the world of John Frankenheimer.
His Seconds (1966) is in fact the third film in his “Paranoia Trilogy” (following 1962’s The Manchurian Candidate and 1963’s Seven Days In May).
The film is a classic – even if it’s the lesser-known of the trilogy. It has had an influence on many movies since, including one of David Fincher’s break-outs, The Game.
I am looking forward to seeing this. But I’m also a little worried.
Apathy, complacency, superficiality, and failure can provoke their own horror; as happens in John Frankenheimer’s Seconds, about a man who realises too late that he has failed to live up to the dreams of his youth, who, although superficially successful in a mediocre middle class way, now leads an existence which is totally meaningless.
It screens at the Embassy in Wellington, this coming Monday, June 11. From 6.15pm…Click here to see the full schedule for 2018.