Archive for category: Alan Pakula

Review: Comes a Horseman

20 January, 2010 (13:32) | Alan Pakula, by Robert C. Cumbow, Westerns | By: Robert C. Cumbow

[Originally published in Movietone News 62-63, December 1979] The title of Alan J Pakula’s latest film echoes the old stock melodrama line “Along comes Jones” and that’s no accident. Here we have a tough-but-tender cowgirl working her dead father’s ranch with only a lovable grizzled old coot for a ranchhand; a somber villain moving through […]

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13 Ways of Looking at The Parallax View

14 August, 2009 (00:31) | Alan Pakula, by Robert C. Cumbow, Essays | By: Robert C. Cumbow

[Originally published in Movietone News 34, August 1974] 1. The Parallax View is an interesting suspense thriller with a thin plot involving a newspaper reporter named Frady (Warren Beatty) and his independent investigation of  an employment bureau for assassins. 2. The Parallax View is Alan Pakula’s hommage to Alfred Hitchcock, employing many of the Master’s […]

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The Pakula Parallax

14 August, 2009 (00:15) | Alan Pakula, by Richard T. Jameson, Essays | By: Richard T. Jameson

[originally published in Film Comment Vol. 12 No. 5, September/October 1976] There is no more classical filmmaker than Alan J. Pakula at work in the American cinema today—a description that applies at several levels. Among contemporary directorial hotshots he is a comparative veteran, having been employed in one capacity or another in the studio system […]

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The Parallax View: An Introduction

14 August, 2009 (00:04) | Alan Pakula, by Sean Axmaker, Essays | By: Sean Axmaker

[Originally published on the Turner Classic Movies website on March 2009.] Alan Pakula’s The Parallax View, a political thriller with an unmistakable resemblance to the Kennedy assassination, was not the first conspiracy thriller to emerge from Hollywood – you can trace the lineage back to The Manchurian Candidate in 1962 – and it was not […]

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