Directed elegantly & deftly by Alan J. Pakula, Klute benefits from a feminist streak, an unflinching depiction of deviant misogyny from its villain, & a non-judgmental view of sex. With two great performances by its stars, a great script by Andy & Dave Lewis, & innovative cinematography by the legendary DP Gordon Willis, Klute is a finely crafted motion picture made by expert professionals at the top of their game.
Though a tiresome movie, KLUTE comes pretty close to being full-on Hitchcok stuff w/ its combination of remarkable formal control, absurd suspense nonsense, and warped psychosexual subtexts. No surprise feminist psychoanalytic theorists have written so endlessly about this sleek, gorgeous piece of insane ridiculousness. I have to say that Jane Fonda is pretty amazing here even though I find her so innately unlikable.
Utilizzare una storia di genere per raccontare un ambiente completamente diverso. In Klute la vita di Bree (Jane Fonda) viene scandagliata sotto l'occhio scrutatore della macchina da presa, la sua necessità di controllo si realizza nel soddisfare le richieste sessuali dei suoi clienti e si nega al contempo nella sua incapacità di abbandonare questo stesso ambiente nel quale è costretta a vivere. Jane Fonda e...
Jane Fonda's Oscar-winning-role is the best thing about this film. She's confident yet vulnerable, you want to trust her but you're never sure about how much she really knows about what's going on. If there was any chemistry lacking between the lead couple, it wasn't her fault. The crime mystery itself was a bit dull, but the whole fashion-trashy-party vibe of the 70s mixed with some noir made it kinda nice to watch.
Alan J. Pakula's revered 'paranoia trilogy' gets off to an inauspicious start. "Klute" follows two parallel tracts - one is a suspense thriller, the other is a street level expose of a woman who feels a compulsion towards prostitution. Rarely do these storylines seem to dovetail organically, and overall "Klute" feels more like the prototype for the kind of picture Brian de Palma would master in just a few years.
With a languid pace and dark atmosphere, this thriller isn't very interested in holding it's audience's hands. Instead, it envelops you with its beautiful cinematography & performances from Sutherland & Fonda. It may not by the classic neo-noir I was expecting, but Pakula's thriller is a solid romp through paranoia & repression.
I saw this movie several years ago and was eager to watch it again, with very positive memories on my mind. But, to my surprise things turned out differently. What a disappointment. Neither Sutherland nor Fonda could make it for me this time. Admittingly boring, the end ok, but overall boring.
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.