Movie Monday #94 – Summer Challenge vol.3

05.07.2013

Summer challenge continues with a new one. Theodore J. Flicker’s President’s Analyst (1967) is hip, cool, groovy and just downright psychedelic. Dr. Sidney Schaefer (James Coburn) from New York is given the opportunity to work as the President’s personal psychoanalyst. At first, Sidney can’t believe his luck, what an honour it is to be the President’s most trusted person! However, life and work in Washington DC isn’t as much fun as he thought it would be, it’s actually dangerous when every foreign agent in the country wants to get their hands on Sidney and the information he has on the President’s secrets. Even the US secret service sees Sidney as a threat to national security and wants him gone. So soon, Sidney is on the run, hiding with hippies(among others) and not knowing who to trust. There’s a whole lot of commotion and the story gets weirder and weirder as the film goes on with kidnappings and Canadian spies and conspiracies etc. I usually love films from 1960s but this one was a bit too bizarre for my taste. I suppose the film manages to mock traditional spy films and maybe makes some social commentary about the times and the idiocy of cold war. And I do enjoy the feel of the film, it’s so 1960s (which is always good!). But there’s too much of everything, twists and turns and silliness for it to be actually good or entertaining. BTW, James Coburn did a couple of mock spy films in the sixties, Our Man Flint & In Like Flint, where James Coburn plays a master spy (much like James Bond). These films resemble President’s Analyst, a fun idea but not the best execution.

Poster from Wikipedia

Poster from Wikipedia

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