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Inside the brain

"The Manchurian Candidate" by John Frankenheimer

Screening and talk with Celia Andreu-Sánchez


Free with pre-booking

The first session of the "Inside the Brain" film cycle sets out to reflect on mental manipulation with the screening of The Manchurian Candidate, by John Frankenheimer, followed by a talk by Celia Andreu-Sánchez.

During the Korean War, Sergeant Raymond Shaw's platoon is captured by the Communists and brainwashed as part of a plan to turn them into sleeper agents that can infiltrate the US government. When Raymond returns home, his comrade, Major Bennett Marco, starts having a recurring nightmare that helps him to remember some of the events from the war, and he begins to investigate Sergeant Shaw.

The Manchurian Candidate, John Frankenheimer, 1962, USA, 126', Subtitled in Catalan

The film is based on Richard Condon's 1959 novel of the same name, set during the US-Korean War that took place in the early 1950s.

The Manchurian Candidate deals with major concerns that arose among the US population after the war, such as the fear of losing control of your own mind and ending up helping the enemy. The film was a forerunner of the conspiracy theories that began to emerge in the US some time later, in the 1960s.

With Frank Sinatra playing one of the main characters, it has become a cult film over the years and was even remade in 2004, produced by Sinatra's own daughter and starring Denzel Washington.

After the screening there will be a talk, open to the public, by Celia Andreu-Sánchez (PhD in Communication and Master in Neuroscience).

Participants: Celia Andreu-Sánchez

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