Frankenheimer, John

 John_Frankenheimer_on_the_set_of_-Andersonville- Name: John Frankenheimer

Born: February 19, 1930

Strengths: Story, Visuals

Weakness: None

Best Movie: The Train

Rating:    rating-153609_640 5.0

Review:

Not the easiest director to pigeon-hole, John Frankenheimer nonetheless proved to be one of Hollywood most prodigious and long serving. After spending most of the 1950’s in TV, he helped define the cinema of the 1960’s with a series of diverse and bold projects that thralled and wowed alike. In fact, within the space of four years, he was responsible for no less than six future classics of cinema from the dramatic excavation of Birdman of Alcatraz to the the hypnotic experimenting of Seconds. The Manchurian Candidate, Seven Days in May, The Train, and Grand Prix were the others and not one was anything less than stunning within the context of their genre. The 1970’s and 80’s saw an unpredictable mainstreaming of his talents into a series of low key thrillers that still managed captivate and defy expectations albeit with a noticeable drop in production quality. Proving a veritable master of the more polished 1960’s monochrome, his colour features also lacked the visual profile of the his earlier work. In 1998, a new generation of movie fans became aware of his talents with the surprise hit Ronin and, though only 68 at the time, it proved his last true success behind the camera.

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