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Encyclopedia > Alan J. Pakula

Alan Jay Pakula (April 7, 1928 - November 19, 1998) was an American film producer, writer and director noted for his contributions to the conspiracy thriller genre. April 7 is the 97th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (98th in leap years). ... 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... November 19 is the 323rd day of the year (324th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... The conspiracy thriller (or paranoid thriller) is a subgenre of the thriller which flourished in the 1970s in the US (and was echoed in other parts of the world) in the wake of a number of high-profile scandals and controversies (most notably Vietnam, the assassination of President Kennedy, Chappaquiddick...


Pakula was born in New York to Polish Jewish parents and was educated at Yale University, where he majored in drama. He started his Hollywood career as an assistant in the cartoon department at Warner Brothers. In 1957, he undertook his first production role for Paramount Pictures. In 1962, he produced To Kill A Mockingbird, for which he received a Best Picture nomination in the 1963 Academy Awards. In 1969, he directed his first feature, The Sterile Cuckoo, starring Liza Minnelli. Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 27th 141,205 km² 455 km 530 km 13. ... Yale University is a private university in New Haven, Connecticut. ... There are many articles named Drama: Drama, the art form. ... ... A cartoon is any of several forms of art, with varied meanings that evolved from one to another. ... Warner Bros. ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Paramount Pictures logo used since 2003. ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... To Kill a Mockingbird is a 1960 novel by Harper Lee, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1961. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... Academy Awards The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent film awards in the United States. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... The Sterile Cuckoo is a 1969 film which tells the story of a quirky young couple whose relationship deepens despite their differences. ... Liza Minnelli. ...


In 1971, Pakula released the first installment of what would informally come to be known as his "paranoia trilogy". Klute, the story of a private eye's relationship with a call girl (played by Jane Fonda, who won an Oscar for her performance), was a commercial and critical success. This was followed in 1974 by The Parallax View starring Warren Beatty, a similarly labyrinthine post-Watergate thriller notable for its experimental use of hypnotic imagery in a celebrated film-within-a-film sequence in which the protagonist is inducted into the mysterious Parallax Corporation. Finally, in 1976, Pakula rounded out the "trilogy" with All the President's Men, another commercial hit considered by many critics and fans to be one of the best thrillers of the 1970s. The film was based on the bestselling account of the Watergate scandal written by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ... In popular culture, the term paranoia is usually used to describe excessive concern about ones own well-being, sometimes suggesting a person holds persecutory beliefs concerning a threat to themselves or their property and is often linked to a belief in conspiracy theories. ... Klute is a 1971 film which tells the story of a prostitute who assists a detective in solving a murder mystery. ... Jane Fonda Jane Seymour Fonda (born December 21, 1937) is an American actor, writer, producer, and political activist. ... Academy Awards The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent film awards in the United States. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1974 calendar). ... The Parallax View is a 1974 movie directed by Alan J. Pakula and starring Warren Beatty (who was also a producer), adapted from the novel by Loren Singer. ... Warren Beatty Henry Warren Beaty (born March 30, 1937 in Richmond, Virginia), now known as Warren Beatty, is an American actor, producer, screenwriter, and director. ... The Watergate Complex (now the Watergate Hotel) as depicted in Government Exhibit 1. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1976 calendar). ... This article is about the 1976 film. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... This article is about the journalist. ... Carl JENNY IS DUMB Bernstein (born February 14, 1944) is an American journalist who, as an investigative reporter for The Washington Post along with Bob Woodward, broke the story of the Watergate break-in and consequently helped bring about the resignation of US president Richard Nixon. ...


Pakula scored another hit in 1982 with Sophie's Choice, starring Meryl Streep. His screenplay, based on the novel by William Styron, was nominated for an Academy Award. In later years, he largely focused on courtroom dramas, achieving commercial success with Presumed Innocent, based on the bestselling novel by Scott Turow, and The Pelican Brief, an adaptation of the John Grisham bestseller. 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Sophies Choice is a 1982 film that tells the story of the beautiful Polish immigrant Sophie, and her tempestuous lover that share a boarding house with a young writer in Brooklyn. ... Streep in Silkwood (1983) Meryl Streep (born June 22, 1949) is an Oscar-winning American actress who has received numerous accolades for her work in movies and television and who, from the 1980s to the present day, has been regarded as one of the best in her field. ... William Styron is an American novelist, born in Newport News, Virginia on June 11, 1925. ... A legal drama is a work of dramatic fiction about law, crime, punishment or the legal profession. ... Tagline: Sometimes its dangerous to presume. ... Turow was featured on the cover of Time magazine in June 1990. ... The Pelican Brief is legal/suspense thriller written by John Grisham in 1992. ... Grishams 2005 novel The Broker John Grisham (born February 8, 1955), is a former politician, retired attorney, American novelist and author best known for his works of modern legal drama. ...


Pakula died in 1998 in a bizarre car accident on the Long Island Expressway in New York at the age of 70. A driver in front of him struck a metal pipe, which went through Pakula's windshield, striking him in the head and causing him to swerve off the road and into a fence, killing him instantly. The Long Island Expressway (LIE) is one of the interstate highways with the designation of Interstate 495. ... Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 27th 141,205 km² 455 km 530 km 13. ...


Notable filmography

This is a list of film-related events in 1997. ... The Devils Own is a 1997 movie starring Brad Pitt, Harrison Ford, Ruben Blades and Natascha McElhone. ... This is a list of film-related events in 1993. ... The Pelican Brief is legal/suspense thriller written by John Grisham in 1992. ... This is a list of film-related events in 1990. ... Tagline: Sometimes its dangerous to presume. ... // Events January 11 - Production begins on the Star Wars film Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. ... Sophies Choice is a 1982 film that tells the story of the beautiful Polish immigrant Sophie, and her tempestuous lover that share a boarding house with a young writer in Brooklyn. ... // Events March 5 - Production begins on Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. ... Starting Over is a 1979 film which tells the story of a man who is torn between his new girlfriend and his ex-wife. ... // Events March 22 - Filming begins on George Lucas Star Wars science fiction film. ... This article is about the 1976 film. ... See also: 1973 in film 1974 1975 in film 1970s in film years in film film // Events February 7 - Blazing Saddles is released in USA May 1 - George Lucas creates the first draft of what would eventually become Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. ... The Parallax View is a 1974 movie directed by Alan J. Pakula and starring Warren Beatty (who was also a producer), adapted from the novel by Loren Singer. ... See also: 1970 in film 1971 1972 in film 1970s in film years in film film // Events February 8 - Bob Dylans hour long documentary film, Eat the Document, premieres at New Yorks Academy of Music. ... Klute is a 1971 film which tells the story of a prostitute who assists a detective in solving a murder mystery. ... // Events Cannes Film Festival opens, but closes in support of a French general strike without awarding any prizes. ... The Sterile Cuckoo is a 1969 film which tells the story of a quirky young couple whose relationship deepens despite their differences. ...

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