Welcome to Framed, a column at Cinematical that runs every Thursday and celebrates the artistry of cinema -- one frame at a time.

Philip Kaufman's 1978 updating of Don Siegel's 1956 sci-fi classic, 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers,' doesn't stray too far from the original -- trading a Cold War climate for Watergate and post-Vietnam anxiety -- topping it off with darkly comedic jabs at the new Me Decade's navel-gazing and self-help sales pitch: "You will be born again into an untroubled world." The time was ripe and ready for a reimagining, and with the backing of an intelligent cast -- including Donald Sutherland, Jeff Goldblum, Brooke Adams, Veronica Cartwright, and Leonard Nimoy -- along with well-crafted scares that use aural and visual effects instead of cheap thrills. Kaufman and cinematographer Michael Chapman created an epic and relevant thriller for the times that's every bit as terrifying to this day.
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