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Sag Cinema Honors Alan Pakula

Mon, 03/28/2022 - 15:08
Donald Sutherland and Jane Fonda in a scene from Alan J. Pakula's 1971 drama "Klute."
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Three American films from the 1970s, “Klute,” “The Parallax View,” and “All the President’s Men,” have often been called the “Paranoia Trilogy” because of their themes of technological surveillance, corporate conspiracy, and governmental secrecy. These issues have, if anything, grown even more important in recent years.

All three films were directed by Alan J. Pakula and will be shown starting Friday at the Sag Harbor Cinema, along with “Alan Pakula: Going for Truth,” a documentary by Matthew Miele about the noted director, who had a house in East Hampton and died in a tragic accident on the Long Island Expressway in 1998.

“Alan Pakula produced and directed some of the most seminal and prescient films of the 20th century,” said Mr. Miele, “and for a man who never sought the spotlight for himself, a critical look at his work and a more in-depth portrait of the man is long overdue.”

Of the trilogy, Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan, the cinema’s founding artistic director, said, “I like how these three films, especially if seen together, combine his strengths as a filmmaker with such a precise sense of zeitgeist.”

Jane Fonda won her first best-actress Oscar for her portrayal of Bree Daniels, a call girl and aspiring actor, in “Klute” (1971). Donald Sutherland stars as John Klute, a detective involved in a missing-person investigation that leads him to Bree.

“The Parallax View” (1974) features Warren Beatty as a reporter who witnesses, along with seven other people, the assassination of a political candidate. The “accidental” death of the other seven leads Beatty to doubt the official account of the shooting. A conversation between Ms. Vallan and the screenwriter Bill Collage (“Assassin’s Creed”) will follow the screening.

Nominated for eight Academy Awards and winner of four, “All the President’s Men” (1976) stars Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman in the true story of the exposure of the Watergate scandal by the Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.

“Alan Pakula: Going for Truth” includes archival footage, including interviews with Pakula, extensive film clips, and interviews with the actors Meryl Streep, Jane Fonda, Harrison Ford, Robert Redford, Julia Roberts, Dustin Hoffman, and others, as well as with Mr. Woodward and Mr. Bernstein. Mr. Miele will participate in a question-and-answer session after Sunday's 4:30 p.m. screening.
Grant Announced

The cinema and Plain Sight Project have announced the receipt of a $200,000 grant from the Congressionally-directed Community Project Funding, sponsored by Senator Charles E. Schumer. A full story about the grant appears elsewhere in this issue.

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