The Parallax View (1974)
This thematic predecessor to the Pakula team's greater success All the President't Men two years later is a bit more audacious and far-out. The script by David Giler and Lorenzo Semple is clever and has a lot to offer, but it is also a relentlessly pessimistic downward spiral that leaves the exciting ambiguity of paranoia vs. actual peril a bit too early. However, the direction is skilful and stylish with some great visual segments (including the two brilliantly staged board announcements, and the suggestive Parallax test), and – of course – the film has Warren Beatty – in a sensual, era-defining, trendsetting performance that more than anything underlined his intellectual playboy persona. Beatty even makes a bar fight seem cerebral and fashionable, and he delivers lines in a way that makes you long for the seventies. Which in retrospect is much of what this film is about.