3 things about Michael Ritchie’s THE CANDIDATE

The Candidate [1972]

1. On a TV monitor during the setup for the debate, for a brief moment the two candidates’ heads are superimposed. Brilliant.
2. Peter Boyle grabs a chair and backs himself into the elevator, shouting, “Stay back! Stay back!” Like a lion tamer.
3. Great final shot. The empty hotel room, the debris of the campaign. The feeling that he will never again be alone, that he will forever be surrounded by people, the political entourage.

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