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ALAN PAKULA’S PARANOIA TRILOGY 

With special guests & screening of

Matthew Miele’s 2019 documentary Alan Pakula: Going For Truth 

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Sag Harbor, NY – Starting April 1st, Sag Harbor Cinema will host three of Alan J. Pakula’s best known films, as well as a special screening of a documentary about the famed director and longtime East End resident.  

Among the high points of ‘70s American Cinema, Klute; The Parallax View; and All the President’s Men are often grouped together as the “Paranoia Trilogy,” due to their shared themes of technological surveillance, corporate conspiracy, and governmental secrecy. Esteemed screenwriter Bill Collage (Accepted, Assassin’s Creed and the upcoming Emancipation) will appear in a Q&A with SHC’s Founding Artistic Director Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan following the screening of the rarely shown The Parallax View. Additionally, director Matthew Miele will participate in a talk back after the screening of his documentary, Alan Pakula: Going for Truth.

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“Alan Pakula produced and directed some of the most seminal and prescient films of the 20th century, and for a man who never sought the spotlight for himself, a critical look at his work and a more in-depth portrait of the man is long overdue,” says Matthew Miele, who conducted over 100 interviews for his film on Pakula.

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“Matthew Miele’s documentary has given us a great opportunity to bring Alan Pakula’s work to the Cinema. Through his career, both as a producer and a director, Pakula touched on pretty much all genres – there was a lot to choose from. But I like how these three films, especially if seen together, combine his strengths as a filmmaker with such a precise sense of zeitgeist. Not to mention that the themes of the films are the themes we are wrestling with right now,” says Artistic Director D’Agnolo Vallan.

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This masterful trilogy of thrillers begins in 1971 with Klute, Pakula’s second film as a director, starring a young Donald Sutherland and Jane Fonda. Fonda won an Oscar for her role as a high-priced call girl who senses she’s being followed.Though she initially felt it would be anti-feminist to take the part of Bree, Fonda and Pakula brought nuance to the character, breaking with traditional representations of sex workers in film.

In The Parallax View, Warren Beatty plays a reporter who witnesses the murder of U.S. senator. As he investigates, he suspects that the Parallax corporation is involved in training assassins, but he finds the truth much more complicated. With the recent assassinations of both JFK and Martin Luther King Jr. still freshly in the minds of the American public and the Watergate hearings on the horizon, the film resonates with the paranoia and conspiratorial sensibilities of the 1970s that are still pertinent today.

The final installment is All the President’s Men, adapted from the non-fiction book of the same name. Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford star as Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, respectively, two Washington Post reporters investigate the burglary of the Watergate apartment complex with the help of an anonymous source. The film retroactively validates the paranoid heroes of all three films, demonstrating that these conspiracies are not delusions and that skepticism is warranted. To create the dark, mysterious tone, Pakula worked with Gordon Willis as the cinematographer on all three films.

The weekend will finish off with Alan Pakula: Going for Truth, a documentary that delves into the personal and professional life of the extremely private filmmaker. Matthew Miele, the director, will take part in a Q&A with the cinema’s Founding Artistic Director, Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan, following the screening.

Tickets will be available at sagharborcinema.org.

For more information about the films, see below:

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Donald Sutherland & Jane Fonda / Warner Bros. 

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KLUTE

Dir. Alan J. Pakula

USA, 1971; 114 mins, in English

Rated R

With her Oscar-winning turn in Klute, Jane Fonda arrived full-fledged as a new kind of movie star. Bringing nervy audacity and counterculture style to the role of Bree Daniels—a call girl and aspiring actor who becomes the focal point of a missing-person investigation when detective John Klute (Donald Sutherland) turns up at her door—Fonda made the film her own, putting an independent woman and escort on-screen with a frankness that had not yet been attempted in Hollywood. Suffused with paranoia by the conspiracy-thriller specialist Alan J. Pakula, and lensed by master cinematographer Gordon Willis, Klute is a character study thick with dread, capturing the mood of early-1970s New York and the predicament of a woman trying to find her own way on the fringes of society.

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Warren Beatty / Paramount. 

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THE PARALLAX VIEW

Dir. Alan J. Pakula

USA, 1974; 102 mins, in English

Rated R

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Warren Beatty is a news reporter who, along with seven others, witnesses the assassination of a political candidate. When the other seven die in “accidents,” the newsman begins to doubt the official position: that a lone madman was responsible for the crime. He imagines a sophisticated network of highly trained murderers. But his nightmares pale against the bizarre truth he uncovers.

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Dustin Hoffman & Robert Redford / Warner Bros. 

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ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN

Dir. Alan J. Pakula

USA, 1976; 138 mins, in English

Rated PG

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Academy Award winners Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman star in this true story as Washington Post reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, whose investigation of a seemingly minor hotel room break-in uncovers the greatest political scandal in United States history and leads to the downfall of President Richard Nixon.

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ALAN PAKULA: GOING FOR TRUTH

Dir. Matthew Miele

USA, 2019; 98 mins, in English

Alan Pakula: Going for Truth encompasses the personal and professional life of Alan J. Pakula, a lauded filmmaker and extremely private man, who brought us some of the most memorable movies of the last half of the 20th century. Always placing story first and going for truth, through his deliberately unflashy style of directing, this elusive artist finally gets his spotlight. Select cast and crew members from his wide ranging filmography including To Kill A Mockingbird, Klute, All the President’s Men, Sophie’s Choice, Presumed Innocent, and The Pelican Brief discuss their work with Pakula; while family and friends share their memories of him as an artist, a husband, and a stepfather.

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Sag Harbor Cinema

As a community-based organization, Sag Harbor Cinema is dedicated to presenting the past, present and future of the Movies and to preserving the film-going experience in its three state-of-the-art theaters. The Cinema engages its audiences and the community year-round through dialogue, discovery, and appreciation of the moving image – from blockbusters to student shorts and everything in between. Revitalized and reimagined through unprecedented community efforts to rebuild the iconic Main Street structure after a fire nearly destroyed it in 2016, SHC continues a long tradition of movie-going in the heart of Sag Harbor Village. SHC Members enjoy discounts on tickets and merchandise, and can purchase food and drink at our concession stand, cafe, as well as our member only rooftop lounge, The Green Room.

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AAQ / Resource: Riverhead Toyota

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