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
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.
though marginally a murder mystery, "klute" is more concerned with the balance between sex and intimacy. unlike most hollywood cinema, the former isn't always an expression of the latter. and unlike a lot of underground cinema, "klute" is never fatalistic about the potential to have both. many joke about jane fonda these days, but in 1971 she was a hell of an actor - as smart and charming as the movie itself.