I'd been saving up a few films to see during my school vacation, so I put on THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE. Soon into the film, I recognized the style of Frankenheimer - long takes, stationary camera -- and, as with other of his films, it reminded me of early television when the lack of flexibility of camera movement created a very static image. I've called this an aspect of his style -- am I incorrect? Is it perhaps just a lack of inventiveness or creativity, and that Frankenheimer relied more on the performances of the actors and actresses? (Personally, I think I'd rather watch ROPE again to see what can be done with a long take. I find it made THE MANUCHURIAN CANDIDATE a much lower film than it could have been. But then, maybe the early 1960s was the perigee of expressionism in American cinema, and the attempt was to be very matter of a fact). Any comments on Frankenheimer, this film, or what I call a style? Thanks, and best wishes for a new year. Bob Kosovsky Graduate Center -- Ph.D. Program in Music(student)/ City University of New York New York Public Library -- Music Division bitnet: [log in to unmask] internet: [log in to unmask] Disclaimer: My opinions do not necessarily represent those of my institutions.