Greetings, Spy Vibers! The world of secret agents wasn't the only arena for storytellers to channel the zeitgeist of the Cold War era. The Red Scare and anxieties about radiation also fueled countless science-fiction and horror tales. Kino Lorber will be releasing a Blu-ray edition of the 1956 film, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, later this year. The movie centered around a small town, where citizens were slowly replaced by soulless, hive-minded doppelgängers and the last remaining man and woman were being hunting down by their neighbors. A chilling favorite of mine as a kid, and an interesting allegory of that era's paradox between a massive pressure to conform and a suspicion about the perceived loss of individuality under Soviet rule. It was made long before The Prisoner, but I think the movie offered a similar cautionary tale reminding us that diversity is often key. See Blu-ray for updates. Interestingly, the film's star, Kevin McCarthy, appeared in a similar story with Gene Barry on Amos Burke, Secret Agent, where an extremist politician used hypnotism and hate-speech to whip citizens into a frenzy in order to take control of the country (I've included this episode in my upcoming book). Be seeing you!
March 7, 2023
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