John Frankenhiemer’s classic cold war thriller tells the story of a brain washed American veteran played by Laurence Harvey, programmed by the Communist Chinese to kill the president of the United States. Frank Sinatra stars as an Army investigator and Harvey’s war time friend but Angela Lansbury steals the film in her portrayal on Harvey’s opportunistic, communist hating mother. Film critic Roger Ebert ranked The Manchurian Candidate as an exemplary “Great Film,” declaring that it is “inventive and frisky, takes enormous chances with the audience, and plays not like a ‘classic’ but as a work as alive and smart as when it was first released.”
Otto Preminger and controversy were never far apart. In The Man With the Golden Arm he confronts the subject of drug addiction, a subject so controversial in 1955 American that the film was released without approval. Telling the story of a musician, jailed for drug use, who tries to come clean but fails, the film stared Frank Sinatra and Eleanor Parker. Saul Bass, who worked with Preminger often, created one of his most famous images for this film, that of the paper cutout of the heroin addict’s arm. Saul Bass’s imagery was so powerful that when the film was re-released in 1960, a new full color poster was created. This is the 1960 re-release version.