Today, Kevin and I stood in line for over two hours to attend the TCM screening of The Manchurian Candidate. Featured was an interview of Angela Lansbury, the terribly evil Mrs. Iselin in the film. We sat on the front row - wonderful for the interview, but maybe a little too close for comfort for the film itself.
Angela's diverse career and her lovely, elegant personality is a testament to just how good an actress she is in this Oscar-nominated role in this fantastic movie. There was nothing in the interview that I didn't really know already, but her comment that the film is "raw" stuck with me - it isn't flattering and is raw and is frightening.
It was really fun watching with a room full of the people, a very diverse bunch, in the very nice School of Visual Arts on 23rd Street. It was clear that many in the theatre had not seen the film and it was amazing hearing their very verbal reactions to this frighteningly realistic film that is as relevant today as it was in 1962. While we were waiting in line, we were listening to the group of teens behind us - one of the girls explained the plot to her friends with just a little slang - "it's about a dude who is brainwashed to kill." Her friend wanted to know who the "chic" in the picture of was - "she's the chic who pulls the strings."