Seconds (1966)

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Want out of your life? Just pay the fee and we’ll fake your death, change your face, and set up a new identity for you…

The Manchurian Candidate (1962), Seven Days in May (1964) and Seconds (1966) are known as Frankenheimer’s paranoia trilogy

What if someone offered you the chance to begin again, with a new life that was organized to be exactly what you wanted it to be? That’s what the organization offers some wealthy people. They find a life that is what their clients would have wanted, artist, writer, politician, kill the person who is to be replaced and surgically alter their clients to take their places. We follow a new client from first contact, through his staged death, to surgery, recovery and replacement. Of course thats when things become complicated.

Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson saw the movie during its initial release, between sessions for Smile. Under the influence of drugs, the early stages of schizotypal behavior, and pressure to complete Smile, Wilson found Seconds an especially intense experience, that affected him personally (beginning with his arriving late; the first dialogue he heard onscreen was “Come in, Mr. Wilson”, taking him by surprise). His state of mind shifted over the next months, between fantasies of escaping his own life in a similar way, and thoughts that perhaps rival producer Phil Spector had somehow convinced Columbia Pictures to make the movie “to mess with my mind”. Wilson later abandoned the Smile sessions, and did not see another movie in a theater until E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in 1982

Titles designed by Saul Bass and shot entirely with reflective mylar.

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