John Frankenheimer - Seconds (1966)

Posted By : scalisto | Date : 01 Mar 2008 12:37:00 | Comments : 13 |

Seconds (DVDrip - 1966)
107 min | XviD 720x416 | 1161 kb/s | 192 kb/s AC3 | 23.97 fps | 1000 mb + 3% recovery record
English | Subtitles: Spanish and English .srt | Genre: Sci-Fi / Thriller | MU/RS

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 that's when things become complicated.

What's most unsettling about the entire experience in this film is how it's treated like an ordinary consumer product. In deep hypnosis, a man reveals his desire to become a painter. So he is set up as an established painter, who has already given shows, sold paintings, and established himself. If a new life can become the ultimate pre-packaged consumer product, then why not pre-package creativity to go with it? The man becomes as unsettled as we are, and launches himself on an odyssey to discover where his two lives went wrong, but his steps are shadowed by other "re-borns."

The man is played first by John Randolph and then, once he enters his new life, by Rock Hudson. The two men look somewhat alike, and adopt the same mannerisms for the film (Randolph learned to do everything left-handed, like Hudson).

In both phases, he is a quiet man who keeps his own counsel and his own thoughts. He is seemingly freer in his new life, but finds himself always apologizing for his outbursts of joy, and always being told "this isn't like you." In a revealing scene, in which Hudson visits Randolph's aging wife, she implies that she had an inkling of his dissatisfaction all along, as if his withdrawn silence were a protest against the American dream he won, only to find it an empty victory.

Frankenheimer directs Seconds as the nightmare that it is, with many of the same wonky camera angles he used in The Manchurian Candidate. He is completely comfortable in the long shot and the close-up, as well as in long, unbroken takes, and several fantastically-edited, angst-ridden sequences. A veteran of television's early days, Frankenheimer surrounds Hudson and Randolph with reliable character actors from the 1950s and 1960s, who are able to sketch their roles with quick professionalism. Among them is Murray Hamilton, one of cinema's great cuckolds (he was Mr. Robinson in The Graduate) and the embodiment of inept local government (he was the mayor from Jaws).

Seconds also features some great technical credits, with rich black-and-white cinematography and deep-focus from James Wong Howe. His hand-held work on many sequences, including two parties, combines that great, unkempt feel of the '60s and '70s with the more self-conscious, meticulous camera movements of cinematic voyeurs like Hitchcock. There's also an eerie score from Jerry Goldsmith, and the sound, well, there's one brief, hardly noticeable sound effect of a drill near the end that's just perfect.

El otro Sr. Hamilton. Un hombre de negocios con una vida rutinaria recibe la llamada de un amigo supuestamente fallecido. Al poco tiempo, recibe una oferta singular: una empresa le ofrece “renacer”, proporcionándole la vida que siempre había deseado.

John Frankenhemimer ya había mostrado la aberración que deriva de una mala aplicación del conocimiento científico en “El Mensajero del Miedo” (The Manchurian Candidate, 1962). Con “El Otro Señor Hamilton”, basada en el libro de David Ely, el director nos sumerje de nuevo en su visión pesimista del progreso y en el de una sociedad abocada a la pérdida de referencias. Es un film arriesgado, con diálogos fríos y personajes que parecen inacabados. Pero por otro lado son los mismos elementos los que le dan consistencia a la película, porque el pesimismo que Frankenheimer nos quiere transmitir sobre nuestro futuro es así: frío e incompleto.
La película está protagonizada por un excelente Rock Hudson, alejado ya de los papeles de galán y supermacho, interpretando a un hombre cincuentón que se ve transtornado por un súbito cambio de vida. Lo acompañan una desconocida Salome Jens y un contrastado John Randolph.






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Posted By: technoshaman Date: 01 Mar 2008 15:43:15
This movie is excellent!! It was not at all what I expected from a Rock Hudson movie. If you haven't seen it, do yourself a favor and grab it. It is very, very disturbing.
Posted By: RudiRe Date: 01 Mar 2008 20:08:48
Hm, there is an irrepairable CRC error on part 4. I downloaded it twice. Everytime the same error. Could you please check that.
Posted By: scalisto Date: 02 Mar 2008 01:39:39
I downloaded part 4, checked it, an everything's fine.
Posted By: Traven Date: 03 Mar 2008 03:53:30
Thanks very much for this. Fantastic film.
Posted By: tarkus1957 Date: 24 May 2008 07:58:01
A hell of a post! You are the man! Thanks a million. Amazing film!
Posted By: thitapet Date: 18 Feb 2009 18:06:19
This is a great, trully great, Movie!
Posted By: R I E N Date: 09 Jun 2010 10:03:57
What's the password for the archive?
Posted By: scalisto Date: 09 Jun 2010 10:28:25
There is no password.
Posted By: R I E N Date: 09 Jun 2010 10:53:47
It's very strange. When I try to unrar the files it requires a password.
Posted By: scalisto Date: 09 Jun 2010 12:38:15
It is strange, because I have never ever used a password with my uploads, and never will. Maybe you were downloading something else and confused the files. I really don't know and can't help you.
Posted By: Zouk Date: 22 Sep 2010 06:29:14
This is an awesome movie. I'd love to hear the commentary track on this one.
Posted By: poeteja7 Date: 27 May 2011 20:48:25
An excellent movie ! Thank you very much !
Posted By: popopopop Date: 04 Dec 2011 14:04:16
Muchas gracias, tronco.