Tag Archives: Alan J. Pakula

Sophie’s Choice

BETWEEN THE INNOCENT, THE ROMANTIC, THE SENSUAL, AND THE UNTHINKABLE. THERE ARE STILL SOME THINGS WE HAVE YET TO IMAGINE. Brooklyn, 1947; Southern writer Stingo (Peter MacNicol) moves into a house where he’s drawn into the turbulent lives of his neighbors, including Auschwitz survivor Sophie Zawistowski (Meryl Streep). William Styron’s novel was controversial in its … Continue reading Sophie’s Choice

The Parallax View

THERE IS NO CONSPIRACY. JUST TWELVE PEOPLE DEAD.  After the assassination of a presidential candidate, witnesses who may have seen something not disclosed in the subsequent investigation die mysteriously one after one; investigative reporter Joseph Frady (Warren Beatty) looks into it. The second film in Alan J. Pakula’s paranoia trilogy (after Klute (1971), before All … Continue reading The Parallax View

Presumed Innocent

ATTRACTION. DESIRE. DECEPTION. MURDER. NO ONE IS EVER COMPLETELY INNOCENT. When a prosecutor (Greta Scacchi) is found raped and murdered in her apartment, a colleague (Harrison Ford) takes charge of the investigation… even though he had an affair with her. Alan J. Pakula’s first thriller since the 1970s is reminiscent of those films, with an … Continue reading Presumed Innocent

Klute: Actually, It’s All About Bree

YOU’D NEVER TAKE HER FOR A CALL GIRL. YOU’D NEVER TAKE HIM FOR A COP. When Jane Fonda started preparing for the role of a self-assured and sexy prostitute in Klute (1971) she became convinced that she was simply not attractive enough and told the filmmakers to hire her friend Faye Dunaway instead. This idea … Continue reading Klute: Actually, It’s All About Bree

All the President’s Men: Exposing a CREEP

THE MOST DEVASTATING DETECTIVE STORY OF THE CENTURY! When I was in journalism school, I took a course in investigative journalism. That particular genre is still the finest you can do as a news writer; expose fraud, challenge authorities. It’s not what I do nowadays but I’m not sure it’s my thing after all. Still, … Continue reading All the President’s Men: Exposing a CREEP

The Pelican Brief

TWO SUPREME COURT JUSTICES HAVE BEEN ASSASSINATED. ONE LONE LAW STUDENT HAS STUMBLED UPON THE TRUTH. AN INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST WANTS HER STORY. EVERYBODY ELSE WANTS HER DEAD. Law student Darby Shaw (Julia Roberts) writes a brief on the murders of two Supreme Court justices and becomes the killers’ next target; investigative reporter Gray Grantham (Denzel Washington) … Continue reading The Pelican Brief