The Parallax View

The Parallax View

Directed by Alan J. Pakula • 1974 • United States
Starring Warren Beatty, Hume Cronyn, William Daniels

Perhaps no director tapped into the pervasive sense of dread and mistrust that defined the 1970s more effectively than Alan J. Pakula, who, in the second installment of his celebrated Paranoia Trilogy, offers a chilling vision of America in the wake of the assassinations of the Kennedys and Martin Luther King Jr., and about to be shocked by Watergate. Three years after witnessing the murder of a leading senator atop Seattle’s Space Needle, reporter Joseph Frady (Warren Beatty) begins digging into the mysterious circumstances surrounding the killing—and stumbles into a labyrinthine conspiracy far more sinister than he could have imagined. THE PARALLAX VIEW’s coolly stylized, shadow-etched compositions by acclaimed cinematographer Gordon Willis give visual expression to a mood that begins as an anxious whisper and ends as a scream into the void.

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The Parallax View
  • The Parallax View

    Directed by Alan J. Pakula • 1974 • United States
    Starring Warren Beatty, Hume Cronyn, William Daniels

    Perhaps no director tapped into the pervasive sense of dread and mistrust that defined the 1970s more effectively than Alan J. Pakula, who, in the second installment of his celebrated Paranoia ...

Extras

  • Alex Cox on THE PARALLAX VIEW

    The following introduction by filmmaker Alex Cox was recorded in October 2020.

  • Alan J. Pakula on THE PARALLAX VIEW, 1974

    Recorded on November 20, 1974, as part of the American Film Institute’s Harold Lloyd Master Seminar series, the following conversation features Alan J. Pakula discussing his approach to directing and the making of THE PARALLAX VIEW.

  • Alan J. Pakula on THE PARALLAX VIEW

    In the following interview, recorded by the American Film Institute in 1995, director Alan J. Pakula reflects on how THE PARALLAX VIEW conveyed the anxieties of the early seventies.

  • Gordon Willis on THE PARALLAX VIEW

    One of the most acclaimed cinematographers of the 1970s and ’80s, Gordon Willis was nicknamed the “prince of darkness” for his use of extremely low lighting, most notably in KLUTE and THE GODFATHER. In the following interview, recorded in 2004 for the American Society of Cinematographers, Willis ...

  • Jon Boorstin on THE PARALLAX VIEW

    In the following interview, recorded in October 2020, Jon Boorstin discusses working on the written psychological test and the Parallax test video for THE PARALLAX VIEW.