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Seconds (John Frankenheimer, USA, 1966)

Saul Bass’ unsettling title sequence sets the scene for the concise articulation of fifty-something bourgeois despair, as visualised by James Wong Howe’s distorting camerawork and the edgy discord of Jerry Goldsmith’s excoriating score... [and] one of the most chilling endings in all American cinema.
— Time Out

This year’s Halloween Screening is John Frankenheimer’s criminally underseen cult classic, Seconds. Arthur Hamilton is a paunchy, middle-aged banker who, dissatisfied with his safe suburban existence, elects to undergo a strange and elaborate medical procedure that will grant him a whole new life. Rock Hudson gives it his all (and then some) in this Kafkaesque horror story of ennui, paranoia and alienation.