Part of the US Elections Season
The first of director Alan J. Pakula's "Paranoia Trilogy" and for many the best of the three. A claustrophobic psychological thriller originally released in 1971 to wide citical acclaim which also translated into great success at the box office.
Fonda - who won her first of her two Best Actress Oscars for the role - plays call girl Bree Daniels who has unwittingly become embroiled in the case of a missing person who may have been one of her former clients. Initially subjected to surveillance by and then becoming involved with the private detective assigned to the case: the titular John Klute (Donald Sutherland). Bree becomes increasingly paranoid as to her own vulnerability as former co-workers disappear and lines of enquiry point towards another, this time violent former customer who now also appears to be stalking her.
Made with distinct noirish undertones, ably abetted by cinematographer Gordon Willis (who also lensed the next two films in the trilogy as well as The Godfather). Pakula again portrays a very dark view of the then contemporary America, particularly big city America, where fear and isolation have become commonplace.
Director: Alan J. Pakula
Cast: Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Roy Scheider
Running Time: 108 minutes