Classic ‘Candidate’ wraps May movies

May 20, 2017
Angela Lansbury is the cold, dark heart of Cold War classic “The Manchurian Candidate.”

Thomaston — The Friends of the Thomaston Public Library’s Friday Night Film Series screens free movies Fridays at 6:30 p.m. in the historic Thomaston Academy building, 60 Main St./Route 1. Parking and handicapped accessibility is in the rear of the building.

The theme for May’s Friday Night Films has been Political Machinations, concluding May 26 with “The Manchurian Candidate” (1962, USA). Shocking and mesmerizing, the original “The Manchurian Candidate” still leaves viewers breathless. Featuring an all-star cast, including Angela Lansbury in an Oscar-nominated performance, this film may be the most sophisticated political satire ever made. Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey), a Korean War hero, has been brainwashed by the communist Chinese. With one phone call, they can transform Shaw into a deadly assassin — unless fellow veteran Bennett Marco (Frank Sinatra) can stop them first. The film, rated PG-13 and running 129 minutes, also stars Janet Leigh.

Friday Night Films are open to the public and free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. Light refreshments are served. For more information, call the library at 354-2453.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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