A political assassination is the driving force behind the narrative of Ashes and Diamonds. Your choices, then, for our last film of 2018 on Tues 18 December are out of three more films that involve political assassinations. Up for the vote are: The Day of the Jackal (Fred Zinnemann, UK, 1973); Love and Death (Woody Allen, USA, 1975); The Manchurian Candidate (John Frankenheimer, USA, 1962).

The Day of the Jackal (Fred Zinnemann, UK, 1973)

“I wasn't prepared for how good it really is: it's not just a suspense classic, but a beautifully executed example of filmmaking.” Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Edward Fox plays the titular "Jackal" - a cold-blooded killer hired by the remaining survivors of the aborted French Foreign Legion to assassinate President Charles De Gaulle. Based on the best selling novel by Frederick Forsyth, The Day of the Jackal is a gripping thriller and was a breakthrough role for Edward Fox.

Love and Death (Woody Allen, USA, 1975)

“Besides being one of Woody's most consistently witty films, "Love and Death" marks a couple of other advances for Mr. Allen as a film maker and for Miss Keaton as a wickedly funny comedienne.” Vincent Canby, New York Times

Woody Allen plays Boris Grushenko - cowardly scholar cum-accidental war hero whose unrequited love for his cousin Sona (Diane Keaten) indirectly leads to the pair getting caught up in a plot to assasinate Napoleon. A satire on Russian literature, Love and Death is perhaps the funniest of Allen's early funny films - and that’s saying something.

The Manchurian Candidate (John Frankenheimer, USA, 1962)

"Every once in a rare while a film comes along that works in all departments, with story, production and performance so well blended that the end effect is one of nearly complete satisfaction. Such is The Manchurian Candidate." Variety

Laurence Harvey stars as Raymond Shaw- a former P.O.W. who has been brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy. The first of what would come to be known as Frankenheimer’s “Paranoia Trilogy” (along with Seven Days in May and Seconds) The Manchurian Candidate is a classic of boasts a brilliant cast that includes Frank Sinatra, Jennifer Leigh and Angela Lansbury - who was nominated for an Oscar for her performance.