The President's Analyst (1967) gets its own thread

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I cannot believe I learned about this amazing film so late in life. On the other hand, if I'd watched it ten years ago, the obvious dot connections might not have been so traumatically funny. Here are some things already said on these boards about this box office failure (if I missed your post, I apologize, there were lots of poll ballots in the search results):

Jon L) wrote this on thread James Coburn in the early '70s on board I Love Everything on Jul 28, 2004


it's definitely time for me to see The President's Analyst again.

autovac (autovac) wrote this on thread SPY films -- search and destroy on board I Love Everything on Sep 23, 2004


the president's analyst is a good silly one, if you like James Coburn.

Milton Parker wrote this on thread RFI: Laurie Spiegel on board I Love Music on Dec 8, 2012


Spectacular! Where to begin, even. So many amazing beloved hallmarks of 60s-80s culture woven into this framework for context. Introducing bell labs by referencing The President's Analyst, Michael Czajkowski showing Laurie her first Buchla, shapenote singing, choicest philosophical quotes from her online text archive, great ending, standing applause

http://pitchfork.com/features/articles/9002-laurie-spiegel/

polyphonic wrote this on thread Last (x) movies you saw on board I Love Everything on Oct 13, 2013


The President's Analyst (Flicker, 1967): A

You guys are caterpillar (Telephone thing) wrote this on thread Last (x) movies you saw on board I Love Everything on Jul 8, 2014


*The President's Analyst (Flicker)- one of my favorites; I am unshakeable in my belief that this is an unfairly neglected classic

Milton Parker wrote this on thread Last (x) movies you saw on board I Love Everything on Jul 8, 2014


The President's Analyst is an all time great

scott seward wrote this on thread I Have Never Heard These Bands That Start With The Letter C on board I Love Music on Mar 5, 2008


"Clear Light - Silly psych"

killer psych! one of my favorite two-drummer line-ups. catch them in the movie The President's Analyst if you dare. (sans cliff though)

El Tomboto, Friday, 2 June 2017 00:56 (three years ago) link

great Godfrey Cambridge monologue, I'm not sure the rest of it measures up. I need a rewatch.

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Friday, 2 June 2017 05:37 (three years ago) link

Everyone does!

The opening monologue is fantastic. There's a lull when he falls in with the hippies, and there are some truly awkward shots with the grass in the foreground and the characters out of focus way in the background - not sure what they're going for there, somebody enlighten me? - and then it just goes back to being really weird and stays that way. You could absolutely do a terrible remake of this updated for the Trump / Snowden / Facebook era, but I don't know that anybody even makes movies this weird anymore, and the jokes would all just be depressing instead of funny because everything in this movie has come true.

El Tomboto, Friday, 2 June 2017 16:12 (three years ago) link

(well I mean you still have to talk to your watch to dial somebody, and people don't get their phone number assigned at birth, but otherwise)

El Tomboto, Friday, 2 June 2017 16:18 (three years ago) link

wtf I have never heard of this

Οὖτις, Friday, 2 June 2017 16:18 (three years ago) link

somehow I had never heard of it until a friend of mine half-remembered it this weekend and I looked it up, read a couple of paragraphs of the wikipedia plot summary and actually stopped myself because I didn't want any spoilers, and told my wife "we have to find this movie and watch it immediately"

El Tomboto, Friday, 2 June 2017 16:25 (three years ago) link

btw the writer-director, Theodore J Flicker, had a really wild career. Directed a bunch of episodic TV, cowrote Elvis's Spinout, and co-created Barney Miller (tho Danny Arnold was the auteur of the series). I saw his first feature film, a very low-budget NYC absurdist comedy called The Troublemaker (written by TJF and Buck Henry). Godfrey Cambridge plays an Irish fire chief. Very much a Robert Downey (Sr) vibe.

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Friday, 2 June 2017 19:42 (three years ago) link

holy crow this sounds awesome

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Friday, 2 June 2017 19:45 (three years ago) link

also the guy who plays the Soviet agent, Severn Darden, was a legendary Chicago improv guy whom you might remember as the baddie in the last two Planet of the Apes films (Roddy McDowall era).

The NYC public library has one copy of this, so i have the 6th reserve.

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Friday, 2 June 2017 19:47 (three years ago) link

also in it are Will Geer, William Daniels and Arte Johnson, so there are your Frankenheimer, Pakula, Laugh-In elements. I can't quite figure out how Paramount greenlighted it, even in that weirder, riskier time in Hollywood.

Some of the trivia is good:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062153/trivia?ref_=ttfc_ql_trv_1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHQYPZqZ_kI

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Friday, 2 June 2017 19:53 (three years ago) link

hell, I'd forgotten Ted Flicker also played a huge part in improv comedy in both Chicago and NY.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodore_J._Flicker#Theatre_career

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Friday, 2 June 2017 20:08 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

Rewatched tonight; had forgotten nearly all the filigree, like William Daniels and Joan Darling as the armed liberal NJ couple kicking ass and packing heat in Chinatown.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 30 September 2017 03:02 (two years ago) link

That’s probably my favorite part, predictably. The weird hippie interlude sticks with me more, because the long, faraway shots are just so bizarre and out of place.

El Tomboto, Saturday, 30 September 2017 03:31 (two years ago) link

Like when the grass blades are in focus and the people are 20 yards away - what movie are we making here?

El Tomboto, Saturday, 30 September 2017 03:33 (two years ago) link

well Flicker's previous film was this little downtown NYC indie that probably cost $10,000, so he was just trying whatever, and Paramount shrugged til they saw the box office (or until J Edgar called them maybe).

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 30 September 2017 03:38 (two years ago) link

(I guess that's meant to be the POV shot of the snipers?)

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 30 September 2017 03:39 (two years ago) link

I don't need it explained! I like the weirdness, man.

El Tomboto, Saturday, 30 September 2017 03:45 (two years ago) link

I also appreciate you trying to give it context. I just thought that was another great little touch of WTF to add to the giant seven-banana lasagna that this movie already is.

El Tomboto, Saturday, 30 September 2017 03:46 (two years ago) link

I need a rewatch

El Tomboto, Saturday, 30 September 2017 04:03 (two years ago) link

it's really great that the feds made em overdub FBI and CIA with FBR and CEA

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 30 September 2017 12:56 (two years ago) link

or just plain dub, rather

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 30 September 2017 12:57 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

Gets better with every rescreen.

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 31 July 2020 00:26 (one week ago) link

They were talking about this on the last ep of West Wing Thing podcast and it sounds p dope

A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Chooglin (will), Friday, 31 July 2020 03:15 (one week ago) link


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