Jane Fonda (Coming Home, Nine to Five, On Golden Pond) took home an Academy Award for her haunting portrayal of a high-priced call girl being stalked by a psychopath. Donald Sutherland (A Time to Kill, Disclosure) co-stars as the reluctant private eye who arrives in New York in his search for a missing suburban husband, but ends up protecting this prostitute whose path he’s crossed. Master filmmaker Alan J. Pakula (All the President’s Men, Sophie’s Choice, Presumed Innocent) directed this romantic detective-thriller/character study and the screenplay received an Academy Award nomination. “I love inhibitions because they’re so nice to get rid of,” New York call girl Bree Daniels says. Her ordered life will soon veer wildly out of control. The man hearing her taped voice has gone far beyond inhibitions. He’s a killer. As detective John Klute, Donald Sutherland gives a cool performance devoid of screen sleuth cliches. And Jane Fonda makes Bree a shattering tour-de-force. –Warner Bros.
Renowned for guiding actors to the Oscars and, as Robert Redford put it, bringing “sensitivity and intellect to seemingly intractable subjects,” Alan J. Pakula built a successful career that was cut short by his death in a car accident in 1998. With his restrained, thoughtful filmmaking style, Pakula weathered industry upheavals and audience tastes that often preferred anything but intelligent subtlety, leaving a legacy that includes All the President’s Men (1976).
Born and raised in New York, Pakula dabbled in high school theater, but he didn’t consider a show business career until he took a summer job at Leland Hayward’s talent agency. Pakula majored in drama at Yale, graduating in 1948. While working at Warner Bros. in 1949, Pakula directed a Los Angeles stage production of Antigone that caught producer Don Hartman’s eye. Hartman got Pakula a job reading scripts at MGM in 1950, and took Pakula with him to Paramount in 1951, where Pakula eventually got to produce his first… read more
Why doesn't this get more attention? A tight, suspenseful thriller with quite a lot to say. It's all about masks, identity, "acting" - dare I say this is the Persona of 70s thrillers.
Though considered to be the first installment of Pakula's "Paranoia Trilogy", Klute really does not have much in common with the two films that came after it. Here we have a romantic detective story in which Donald Sutherland plays John Klute, a stone faced private eye investigating the disappearance of his best friend. At the center of the mystery is a prostitute played by Jane Fonda who was once mixed up with a client who had a taste for violence. Sutherland and Fonda are great together. This is one of those movies that is a textbook on great acting, especially Fonda, who gives such an intense and cathartic performance. Sadly, the plot is not that interesting, and the central mystery is wrapped up rather quickly. Pakula was a great director, and one who really knows how to use space and architecture to his advantage, and he knew how to construct a story, but this one feels like practice for his later and better excursions.
Jane Fonda em "Klute" está em ótima forma (duplo sentido) no papel de uma 'call girl' perseguida por um psicopata de marca maior. Pakula dirigiu um policial de suspense, tirando grande proveito do som para ampliar o sentido da imagem. O contraponto é o silencioso detetive Donald Shuterland, que, como nos típicos filmes Noir, acaba se envolvendo com a moça. O ritmo é lento para o gênero mas faz toda a diferença.
Really wonky at times, and the murder mystery bit got really old really fast for me, but to see the '70s gender roles on full display here, and Jane Fonda walking the liminal space between a woman scared of affection, yet one culturally conditioned to seek it, is quite fascinating.