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June 27, 2017

Episode 38 - Suspicious Minds: The Paranoid Cinema of the 1970s

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On this month's episode we're joined by Fraser McCallum to discuss the paranoid cinema of the 1970s that emerged in the midst of assassinations, Watergate, and an array of government misdeeds that had been exposed in the previous decade.

In particular we examine The Conversation (the trailer for which begins this episode, 1974), The Parallax View (1974), Three Days of the Condor (1975), and - of course - All the President's Men (1976).

We discuss why these films emerged, what they say about the United States during this era, and consider whether we might see a reemergence of the genre in the wake of Trump.

n.b. There is a slight issue with one of the microphones that crops up ever now and again, but it shouldn't be too distracting.

Thanks again for listening and we'll be back in a few weeks with an episode looking at the 'long, hot summer' of race rioting in 1967.

Cheers,
Mark and Malcolm

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