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Klute (1971) - Alan J. Pakula

Related: 1971 - The Sanctuary (nightclub) - Francis Grasso (DJ in the film) - stalking - thriller - Jane Fonda - Donald Sutherland - American cinema

Klute (1971) - Alan J. Pakula [Amazon.com]

Klute (1971) - Alan J. Pakula [Amazon.com]


Jane Fonda came into her own with this Oscar-winning performance as an insecure high-class call girl who can't make it as a legitimate actress or model yet can't give up her addiction. She loves the control too much. But when she's stalked by a killer, she's forced to confront the darker aspects of her nature and profession. It's a complex and authentic performance and Fonda plays it cool and smart. Typical of early '70s films, Klute peels away social inhibition and hypocrisy with precision and candor. It's also typical of director Alan J. Pakula's intelligence and ability to work so well with actors. Donald Sutherland plays John Klute, the vulnerable detective trying to determine if his missing friend is the stalker and sexual deviant. This is the kind of moody, character-driven film so many of us miss today, even if the plot is pure hokum. --Bill Desowitz for amazon.com

Note: The Sanctuary, a seventies discotheque, is also shown in Klute, you can see Franciso Grasso in action for a couple of seconds.

Francis Grasso commented on Klute:

Jane Fonda filmed the movie Klute there. She had a big argument with Seymour and Shelley because they wouldn’t permit lesbians in the club. I’m the disc jockey in the movie, and I had like three weeks work, doing the whole thing. It was fascinating to watch. Only thing is I was doing double duty, I was showing up at the movie set at 7.30, driving home, to Brooklyn, walking my dog, shave and showering, going back to work, till 4 o’clock in the morning. It took its toll. --Francis Grasso via via DJHistory.com

Klute is a 1971 film which tells the story of a prostitute who assists a detective in solving a murder mystery. It stars Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Charles Cioffi and Roy Scheider.

The movie was written by Andy Lewis and Dave Lewis. It was directed by Alan J. Pakula. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klute [May 2005]

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