July 3, 2008, 6:44 p.m. CST
July 3, 2008, 6:45 p.m. CST
But based on your review, I'll definitely check it out.
July 3, 2008, 6:51 p.m. CST
Maybe rent it again.
July 3, 2008, 6:53 p.m. CST
Klute is a classic. I oughta add this one to my Netflix. I'm pretty sure I've only seen the broadcast TV edit.
July 3, 2008, 6:55 p.m. CST
At all. But I know he's just trying to stir up some shit.
July 3, 2008, 7:01 p.m. CST
July 3, 2008, 7:10 p.m. CST
Donald Sutherland was "Unforgettable" in this role - a perfect intense acting job - I'll never get his character outta my head - a very very subtle performance - but genius... and Jane Fonda - who now brings a snicker by mere mention of the name - to many of today's crowd (which is a shame, cause the girl can act her) - anyway - she was on fire in that role... I do remember all the controversy about how frank the sexual content was - I'm sure today's crown would fine it tame - but during the release it was the talk of the time... the tone of the movie reminds me of Play Misty for Me - this movie and that one - still brings chills about - I think. Both grand movies - although - I do wonder if films like this would work today - I tend to think not - today's movie audience tend to go for a faster cut movie - stories like Klute - I think would just seem to slow in today's time... which is a shame on some levels...'cause they are great stories. Glad to see you bringing Klute to some new light.
July 3, 2008, 7:11 p.m. CST
by Gwai Lo
I love All The President's Men. Besides Klute, any more must see 70s Pakula?
July 3, 2008, 8:07 p.m. CST
A great feature on this site, Thanks for doing it Quint. Looking forward to your thoughts on "Shadow of a Doubt." Also a seriously creepy movie!
July 3, 2008, 8:11 p.m. CST
... the Parallax View? There aren't many more, as Sophie's Choice was in the 80s
July 3, 2008, 8:22 p.m. CST
by Napoleon Park
passionate love scene when she's moaning in ecstacy and then casually checks her wristwatch? the classic comedy moment from the film. I remember seeing this both in a theater with my dad and later at a drive in on a date. Terrific flick. Sutherland was brilliant and Fonda was an icon in those days.
July 3, 2008, 8:23 p.m. CST
Klute has been on my "to watch" list for awhile, but sounds like I may have to bump it up a few notches.
July 3, 2008, 8:24 p.m. CST
THAT IS ALL. GROW UP FUCK TARD
July 3, 2008, 8:47 p.m. CST
Carol Brady laughs at Jane Fonda's hair in that movie.
July 3, 2008, 8:53 p.m. CST
Why Quint, Why?
July 3, 2008, 8:56 p.m. CST
by Crimson Dynamo
Her line delivery always sound so fake to me - kind of like Tony Curtis or Dan Haggerty. Haggerty is the first person I ever saw as kid and thought "that guy can't act"
July 3, 2008, 9:10 p.m. CST
I saw it a few years back (but not that many) and it holds up really well. It's always great to see how much you enjoy a film that you thought you had figured out (without the courtesy of actually ever having seen it!)
July 3, 2008, 9:24 p.m. CST
by Grammaton Cleric Binks
Some of her movies are good, but I don't think it was her that made them that. Usually her "good" movies are ensembles like 9 to 5, or On Golden Pond, China Syndrome, etc. Jack Lemmon was great in China Syndrome. Michael Douglas had emotion. Jane Fonda.. meh.
July 3, 2008, 9:36 p.m. CST
the first thing is a bit of fun...people like you sound more immature but hey nothing like a good old bag of oppression? dont write first anyone because this guy will pop a aneurysm. Why get so angry as to waste time and energy over someone writing a single word?? Although I appreciate the irony that I'm wasting time to have a go at you
July 3, 2008, 10:03 p.m. CST
HOLY CRAP! GO TO HELL! DIE HEATHEN! Or just watch it. The latter would probably be more convenient.
July 3, 2008, 10:10 p.m. CST
On Golden Pond is a great movie. Henry Fonda is incredible in the movie, and he alone makes it worth a watch. Watching that film is watching an iconic actor showing you why he's so god damn awesome.
July 3, 2008, 10:12 p.m. CST
I saw this many, many years ago and would probably appreciate it more now. Pakula wrings sinister vibes from shadows and hinted menace that very few directors have done as well. I haven’t seen The Paralax View, one of my missing gaps, but it’s supposed to be another prime piece in this directorial vein. Saw a French flick recently called Heartbeat Detector that made me think of this tone. Demonlover directed by Olivier Assayas also uses similar techniques. I’m just trying to point out Pakula’s influence and why he deserves a hefty amount of respect and admiration—especially since he primarily uses the power of suggestion. I’ll have to check out Klute again sometime soon.
July 3, 2008, 10:22 p.m. CST
I saw him a couple years ago at the American Cinematheque's annual Film Noir festival. He hadn't seen one of the movies playing and I was like, "Wow, they must be playing obscure stuff if you haven't seen it." <p> He replied,"There are several editors who work on my movie guide. I'm always searching for movies that have been under my radar."<p> I said, "Still, classic Hollywood movies are your specific area of knowledge and it says a lot they're playing some at this festival you haven't seen." <p>He was really nice, thanked me for the compliment, and as "one movie lover to another" gave me a free copy of a classic movie newsletter he puts out. Maltin is an amiable gentleman.
July 3, 2008, 10:32 p.m. CST
and klute is a brilliant movie...and fonda is great and sexy...and just amazed that there are fonda haters...i would put fonda up against any of the modern day acresses, with their fake boobs, butts and lips...
July 3, 2008, 10:37 p.m. CST
Fake talent too. He-he-he.
July 3, 2008, 11:52 p.m. CST
the compositions & lack of fill light in 'klute' reminds me of 'seven' and 'the game'. 'zodiac' owes a lot to 'all the president's men'. pakula & willis' photographic style seems to have really influenced fincher, though his camera is way more active.
July 3, 2008, 11:56 p.m. CST
by Jonah Echo
Quint, you have saved alot of great treats for yourself here. And while you have been deprived all this time, its nice that this trip through unwatched dvds can actually act as a treasure hunt and not a frustrating sift through fool's gold. <P> Sound of Music aside, this might be the best unseen movie you have yet to spring on us. I have the big Hitchcock boxset, so Ill be pulling this one out to watch with you when the day comes. Awesome. Loving the collumn. And Klute was a fine film.
July 4, 2008, 12:54 a.m. CST
by Motoko Kusanagi
KINO! KINO! KINO! KINO! KINO! KINO! KINO! KINO! KINO! KINO! KINO! KINO! KINO! KINO! KINO!
July 4, 2008, 1:40 a.m. CST
ruined by the unnecessarily 'in-your-face' music of the soundtrack which, at times, is so distracting you simply miss what the characters are saying.<p>A remastered version would sort this niggle out, but I simply can't watch my copy anymore as the noise does my head in.
July 4, 2008, 2:15 a.m. CST
...of the stupidity of the Hollywood graphic designer that still persists to this day?<p>I'm talking about movie posters where one star's names are ALWAYS above the other star's photo. I know someone always has to have top billing, but how hard is it to simply flip the images or reverse the typesetting? D'oh!
July 4, 2008, 2:24 a.m. CST
by baptiste the clown
I think the movie is pretty mediocre except for the excellent cinematography by Gordon Willis. I think the way he used light and shadow in this movie in almost painterly compositions was a real precursor to his work on the Godfather which was his very next job. And Gwai Lo, I think Pakula's most underrated movie and one definately worth checking out is Comes a Horseman from 1978. It also stars Jane Fonda coincidentally as well as James Caan, Jason Robards and Richard Farnsworth, and is a really great western set right after World War Two.
July 4, 2008, 2:41 a.m. CST
by Boba Fat
Jumping and a jerking throughout the movie for no explained reason, while Jane just has a conversation...Hmmmm. I've never seen this though - I've always confused it with the Walter Matthau flick "Kotch". But I love a bit of Argento and giallo in general. I'll now check this one out.<P> Quint, did you see Mother Of Tears? I'm interested in reading your opinion. Capone obviously loved it. Me? - not so much. Any plans to review?
July 4, 2008, 3:15 a.m. CST
THE COWBOYS. You and I seem to have very similar tastes (I'm a JAWS freak myself, and good call on KLUTE) and I think you're just gonna' eat that movie up. It's my favorite John Wayne movie. Just a great story that goes from funny to tearjerker to a wonderfully violent and cathartic climax. Crazy Bruce Dern...Roscoe Lee Browne...all the kids, some of them not even actors. God, I love this movie. And the score by John Williams is ALMOST as amazing as his work on JAWS (in fact, I think it was this film that Spielberg cited as the reason he hired him for SUGARLAND). Anyway, I envy you seeing it for the first time - you're in for a real treat. Here's your line of dialogue, said with a hangman's noose around the character's neck: "Lord forgive me for all the men I've killed...and all the men I'm about to".
July 4, 2008, 3:45 a.m. CST
Something to look forward to.
July 4, 2008, 6:22 a.m. CST
The original. Great movie.just thought i'd say.
July 4, 2008, 7:34 a.m. CST
Seems he is seeking extramarital relationships on the rich men seeking affairs club 【wealthybeauty.c o m】 , reported by the magazine wealTHY GOSSIP, the man wants to find a sugar girl there.
July 4, 2008, 8:52 a.m. CST
by Sledge Hammer
...if you haven't done so already. Now there's a movie that hasn't lost it's punch over the years. Hell, it sounds like a cliche, but it's probably even more relevant now than it was on release. Oh, and don't miss yesterdays recommendations, if you haven't seen them already: The Hill (starring Sean Connery and Ossie Davis) and The Man Who Would Be King (with Connery and Michael Caine). Classic cinema all.
July 4, 2008, 9:01 a.m. CST
... the kind of pacing you find in a film like Klute. Films today feel incredibly rushed, with every aspect of the film's editing concentrating on creating shortcuts. Cinema today really is a rollercoaster ride. That's not always a bad thing, of course, but it's almost as if the audiences' patience for moving pictures are wearing thin, if that makes any sense. There's this attitude of "Entertain me! Now! More! More!". It's really sad that people can't seem to sit back, relax,and just appreciate what's happening on the screen anymore.
July 4, 2008, 9:11 a.m. CST
Well done. And knuckleduster, I couldn't agree with you more. Evidence we're becoming like those adult babies in "Wall-E"?
July 4, 2008, 9:26 a.m. CST
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July 4, 2008, 10:19 a.m. CST
July 4, 2008, 12:28 p.m. CST
by Anakin Whoopass
Donald Sutherland was the same age in Klute as Kiefer was when 24 started. I've never seen Klute but even in the trailer the resemblance in appearance and manner is sometimes uncanny.
July 4, 2008, 12:28 p.m. CST
watch Gremlins 2!!
July 4, 2008, 12:32 p.m. CST
I found it had a kind of '70s movie vibe to it. Some long scenes of exposition that just sucked you in. An intelligent movie that respected its audience rather than patronising them.<p>BiggusDickus, that way both stars get top billing: reading left to right, one gets first billing by name while the other gets first billing by image.<p>Shadow of a Doubt is my favourite Hitchcock movie that isn't Psycho. For years I honestly thought the title was "Uncle Charlie". Watching a dozen or more Hitchcock movies a week over six weeks can cause some loss of detail. Still not 100% sure I haven't seen "Torn Curtain".
July 4, 2008, 2:14 p.m. CST
than ever before...what is fox news channel but a mouthpiece for the corporatists
July 5, 2008, 4:54 a.m. CST
You haven't seen Rolling Thunder, I remember it was mentioned in these talkbacks.
July 5, 2008, 11:05 p.m. CST
July 6, 2008, 2:42 a.m. CST
But does this answer your question? "Lemme get my gear."
July 6, 2008, 7:03 a.m. CST
Yeah, saw it and liked it, but even Michael Clayton had a bit of flash to it. It reminded me more of a Bourne film for some reason (a good example of great fast-paced filmmaking), even if it wasn't action driven the way a Bourne film would be. The last film that gave me that great 70's vibe was Zodiac. Reminded me of All The President's Men.
July 6, 2008, 1:28 p.m. CST
by Bronx Cheer
Quint, I am happy to see you writing about a film I think is one of the best of the 70s. I think it might be cool next time to mention the screenwriters, though (Andy Lewis and Dave Lewis), in addition to the director.
July 6, 2008, 1:30 p.m. CST
by Bronx Cheer
He blazed a trail that others are still following today. And Pakula does deserve more respect. Good call.
July 6, 2008, 3:02 p.m. CST
I'm happy that you have witnessed the greatness and equally disappointed we won't see it here on AMAD. "You learn to love the rope..."
July 7, 2008, 2:07 p.m. CST
by Second Try
Saw it for the first time yesterday. Great movie. Fonda is fantastic on this.