Political Thrillers Shed Light on Public Paranoia

The Manchurian Candidate, a remake of a Cold War thriller, opens in U.S. theaters Friday, where it will play alongside The Bourne Supremacy, a tale of spies and international intrigue. For decades, films like these — featuring secret agents and conspiracies — have shed light on the mood and fears of the times. Hear NPR's Pat Dowell.

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