240 Great Directors: Alan Pakula

“I am oblique, I think that has to do with my own nature. I like trying to do things which work on many levels, because I think it is terribly important to give an audience a lot of things they might not get as well as those they will, so that finally the film does take on a texture and is not just simplistic communication.”

What Got This Director Here?
: He really hit his stride in the 70s.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Sophie’s Choice, which could’ve been pretty easily dethroned since it’s a bit silly.

What Did I Watch: Klute, one of said consensus favorites.

Where Does He Fit: One of the rare movies where a character going through therapy actually serves a purpose for the themes Pakula is trying to pull out, Klute feels distinctly European in its sensibilities, with Jane Fonda giving a monologue around 25 minutes in that feels like something out of a French coming of age film, before we go back into the scuzziness of her life as a call girl. This is the darkest possible incarnation of NYC, with video tapes recording everything and fear being the primary motivator for all actions. Get out while you can, Jane, and win your Oscar while you’re at it.


Most Valuable Asset: Everything is being watched.
Most Excited For: All the President’s Men/The Parallax View.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Maybe? If you focus on the good stuff only?

Coming Up Next: IMDB favorite Christopher Nolan.


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