Day 20 – The Best Political Film
Three Days of the Condor (1975 D: Sydney Pollack, W: James Grady)
The rush of mid-’70s political thrillers is one of those great eras in American moviemaking. Films like The Parallax View (pretty much the ultimate conspiracy thriller) and All The President’s Men (not unsurprisingly, both by the same director, the late Alan Pakula) are still tightly wound, suspenseful stories about corruption at the highest levels, and absolute distrust of authority. I particularly love this one, Three Days of the Condor, in which a CIA researcher (“I just read books!”) returns from lunch to find his entire office murdered, and is on the lam from — who? A terrifying Alsatian assassin, played by Max von Sydow, or the CIA, embodied by creepily unreliable Cliff Robertson. This is probably a little more Hollywood-ed up than the others, but it’s engaging, suspenseful and fun.