A depressed middle-aged banker agrees to a procedure that will fake his death and give him a completely new look and identity—at a dangerous price. John Frankenheimer’s final entry in his “Paranoia Trilogy” (following The Manchurian Candidate and Seven Days in May) features a remarkable central performance by Rock Hudson, a hallucinatory opening credits sequence from Saul Bass, a score by Jerry Goldsmith, and creeping monochromatic cinematography by James Wong Howe. An of-the-moment political thriller, Seconds is also a sci-fi nightmare about the primordial concerns of eternal youth and a bleak reappraisal of the American Dream.
Playing as part of our Bong Joon Ho retrospective, January 7-14. See showtimes & get tickets.