Saturday, March 28, 2009

The Manchurian Candidate 1962 vs 2004


The Manchurian Candidate is a 1962 Cold War political thriller film adapted by George Axelrod from the 1959 novel by Richard Condon. It was directed by John Frankenheimer and stars Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, and Angela Lansbury and features Janet Leigh, Henry Silva, James Gregory, Leslie Parrish and John McGiver. The central concept of the film is that the son of a prominent, right-wing political family has been brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy. The Manchurian Candidate was nationally released on Wednesday, October 24, 1962, at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Jonathan Demme directed an up-to-date version of The Manchurian Candidate in 2004, starring Denzel Washington as Major Marco, Liev Schreiber as Congressman Raymond Shaw, and Meryl Streep as Senator Eleanor Shaw (her husband is not included). This contemporary adaptation made substantial changes to the source material by dropping the Cold War background for an anti-corporation story of private and business control of the U.S. government. The American soldiers are also shown being captured in Kuwait during the Gulf War between Iraqi and UN forces.

Raymond is the brainwashed Manchurian candidate and Marco the brainwashed assassin. The novel explicitly depicts incest between Raymond and his mother. The social conventions of American cinema in 1962 limited Frankenheimer's depiction to a salacious adult kiss between mother and son. Demme's depiction of mother-son incest is more explicit.

Demme's rewritten and reworked version of The Manchurian Candidate was less critically successful than the original.

Worth Retweeting

Which do you prefer? Washington or Sinatra? Landsberry or Streep?

bigpieps Posted 28 minutes ago from TwitterFon, in reply to TCManiacs
bigpieps

@TCManiacs it's not even close. The original is far better

joek72 Posted 30 minutes ago from Web, in reply to TCManiacs
joek72

@TCManiacs Sorry Denzel but i have to go with ol Blue eyes Sinartra!

iamasarahpalin Posted 31 minutes ago from Web, in reply to TCManiacs
iamasarahpalin

@TCManiacs I like the 1962 one MUCH better

TCManiacs Posted 37 minutes ago from HootSuite
TCManiacs

@TCManiacs Blogs: The Manchurian Candidate 1962 vs 2004 http://ow.ly/1Bfz Which do you prefer? Washington or Sinatra? Landsberry or Streep?

bigpieps Posted 51 minutes ago from TwitterFon, in reply to TCManiacs
bigpieps

@TCManiacs original manchurian is awesome. Lansbury kills it.


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