Unlike Rear Window, I found The Manchurian Candidate (the original, naturlich) quite enjoyable. Unlike some films, I feel this is a classic that can still stand on its own, rather than merely being a new standard for innovation or something that had never been done before — the stuff made dull by contemporary examples. The acting was good, the pace good, and the film holds my attention. Lansbury and Sinatra were fantastic. The directing was remarkable; I don’t think I will ever forget the rotating scene demonstrating the brainwashing victims collectively in both the imaginary and “real” context.
A magnificent work of film, and still worth watching. 8/10.