16MM MOVIE NITE
ANTEBELLUM ia obsessed with B&W sci-fi and monster films from the 1950s.
please join us for our premiere screening of
ORIGINAL 16MM FILM projected on a screen!
BEAUTIFUL PATIO FOR PRE & POST SCREENING RELAXATION
1643 N LAS PALMAS AVE
HOLLYWOOD, CA 90028
323 856~0667Seconds ,(1966)
The screenplay by Lewis John Carlino was based on Seconds, a novel by David Ely.
John Frankenheimer directed Seconds just after the period he worked on his most notable films, Birdman of Alcatraz (1962), The Manchurian Candidate (1962), and Seven Days in May (1964). These last two films together with Seconds are sometimes known as Frankenheimer's paranoia trilogy.
The "reborns" of the plot are ironically paralleled in a different context—three of the principal actors (Jeff Corey, Will Geer, and John Randolph) were proscribed from Hollywood films during the "Blacklist" years of the 1950s.
Seconds is also known for its connection to American songwriter Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, who was strongly affected by the film during sessions for the concept album Smile. After arriving late to the theater, he appeared to be greeted with the onscreen dialogue, "Come in, Mr. Wilson," believing for some time that the film was directly based on his recent traumatic experiences and intellectual pursuits, going so far as to note that "even the beach was in it, a whole thing about the beach." Wilson soon after ceased Smile recording sessions for the next several decades. The movie reportedly frightened him so much that it wouldn't be until 1982's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial that he'd ever visit a movie theater again.Seconds premiered on October 5, 1966. It did poorly on its initial release, but later developed a cult following.