Magazine October 16, 2017, Issue

Classics of Conspiracy

Warren Beatty in The Parallax View (1974) (Paramount Pictures)

Certain films seem tailor-made for a Friday night at home or a Sunday afternoon at a revival house. Think of a cozy romantic comedy such as Stanley Donen’s Indiscreet (1958) or a heart-rending domestic drama such as Robert Mulligan’s Same Time, Next Year (1978) — two fine films that, in their strikingly warm and inviting ambience, are easy to embrace.

But what about a mystery focused on a wary proprietor of a surveillance business? Or a thriller in which a small-time investigative reporter goes up against a corporation that traffics in assassination? Or a suspense yarn in which a CIA employee

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Peter Tonguette — Mr. Tonguette writes about the arts for the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Examiner, The American Conservative, and other publications.

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Books, Arts & Manners




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