Top positive review
on 8 September 2017
The twilight world of tarts, tricks and tacky sex-murders.
Donald Sutherland and Jane Fonda involved in, well .. just involved!
'Klute' is damn spooky. Director Alan J Pakula tangling the dark thriller atmosphere with a grainy air of sleazy inevitability.
Deserved Oscars all round.
Luckily for Donald - a detective come up to the big ugly city to discover what happened to a missing friend - his enquiries lead to the dishevelled apartment of jaw-dropping Jane and her shiny, thigh-high boots ..
Jane, a wannabe actress/expensive hooker who talks dirty to her tricks (and it's jolly hot !), gets it on with Donald - which is not always a good idea. (Their scene on a pull-out bed is disturbing. Julie Christie / 'Don't Look Now' it isn't ..)
As much a psychological thrust and parry between the two leads as the hunt for a furtive killer, 'Klute' flicks many tenebrous human connection/conflict switches. Pakula artfully inverts the previous two decade's bland-but-popular urban rom-coms, Rock Hudson/Doris Day et al. Redefining the 'unlikely relationship' theme and juxtaposing it with a starker, gloomier reality, tho not without humour - dark as it is - to splendid deconstructive effect.
One of the best American films of the 7o's.