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Three Days of the Condor - The Dawning of a New Cinematic Age of Surveillance Part 2 - Wanderings, Explorations and Signposts 48/52
In Part 1 of this post I began to write about a section of 1970s American film that is variously imbued with a sense of paranoia, unease and surveillance and which reflected the domestic turbulence of the background in which they were made, commenting that along these lines could be included, amongst others, the films The Anderson Tapes (1971), Three Days of the Condor (1975), The Parallax View (1974) and The Conversation (1974). Three Days of the Condor was directed by Sydney Pollack and based on the novel Six Days of the Condor by James Grady. Both The Anderson Tapes and Three Days of the Condor use credit card/cheque fonts in their title sequences, which at the time suggested computerisation and an associated sense of the use of new technology. Connected to which both films are in part a reflection of advances in surveillance and related technology - whether equipment used and adapted to observe and record subjects or period computers.