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'Seven Days in May,' 1964

"Seven Days in May" is a terrifically efficient thriller about an attempted military coup against a president who is pushing nuclear disarmament and is having trouble slamming the brakes on the Cold War economy. Rod Serling shrewdly adapted the bestselling novel of the same name for this exciting John Frankenheimer production. All the details snap smartly into place. The star-powered cast suits the high intensity black and white filmmaking, with Burt Lancaster (pictured) as a megalomaniacal general, Kirk Douglas as his skeptical subordinate, Fredric March as the embattled Chief Executive, plus Ava Gardner, Martin Balsam, and Edmond O'Brien in characteristic roles. Frankenheimer is a virtuoso at mixing documentary style footage with boldly-staged action for a crackling "you are there" effect. Watching the film now can make viewers nostalgic for a time when conspiracies were thought to be finite and detectable. Handout
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