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Invasion of the Body Snatchers

USA 1956. Dir: Don Siegel. 80 min. DCP

Future Dirty Harry director Don Siegel brings his trademark tough, terse touch to this simply-great gem of ’50s science-fiction, adapted from Jack Finney’s novel The Body Snatchers. The tale of a small Californian town whose citizens just don’t seem themselves lately, Siegel’s unnerving, dread-filled film is often read as an anxious Cold War political allegory — anti-Communist, say some; anti-McCarthyist, say others. But, with its told-in-flashback structure, Expressionist-influenced visuals, desperate, disoriented protagonist, and untrustworthy femme fatale, it’s also highly, hair-raisingly noir. The screenplay is by Daniel Mainwaring, who also penned Out of the Past, one of noir’s pinnacle works. “Watch it as a film noir next time. It’s a paranoid thriller ... A perfect film noir wrapped in a sci-fi wrapper” (Steve Eifert, Tor.com).


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