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Location: Prague, Bohemia
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Subj: film noir review #20: Patterns of Power (Rod Serling)(1956)
Posted: Thu Aug 11, 2022 at 02:52:56 am EDT (Viewed 112 times)


When I saw Serling's name on this, I gave it a try. Unfortunately, this meant I spent the first half of the film expecting a twist, an angle, or some type of "twilight zone" vibe, which never came. Instead, this was probably the most straightforward story I've ever seen from him. And its still quite good.

This is Rod Serling's take on the evils of corporate culture and the ways that it swallows up good men. It concerns a young industrial engineer from Ohio, who gets hired at a NY firm and its ruthless owner, Mr Ramsey.

It was apparently based on a teleplay, a "boardroom drama" and it feels that way. It gives detail on most characters, executives and secretaries, as we learn about the corporate structure. It feels very different from anything else I seen from Serling and it shows what a good character writer he was.

It's interesting to see that, even in 1956, corporate culture was already so ingrained and also so corrupted. This also means the film has aged little as the themes would still be relevant today. Unfortunately, as it is easy to determine Serling's opinions on the corporate dynamic.

Overall, it's really interesting if completely different from what I had expected from the Twilight zone creator.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMnU4faUMUY&ab_channel=PizzaFlix


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