Old Movies Can Still Thrill
This movie might not have action in a contemporary sense, but neat ideas and slight of hand can cause immense thrill — proven by this classic.
American Film Institute Ranking: #67/100
Academy Awards: Nominated for best supporting actress (Angela Lansbury)
Old movies are better, so the argument goes, because they had to be creative: they didn’t have the get-out-of-jail-card of special effects like today, so they had to rely on the innovation that came from imagination alone, making magic out of thin air.
Evidence Exhibit A: The Manchurian Candidate.
This movie is a political thriller, but there is very little “action” within the frames. What grips you and keeps you interested isn’t the flash and sizzle of shoot-outs but the tension and puzzle of what is real and what isn’t.