Streep, Hoffman Remember ‘All the President’s Men’ Director Alan Pakula

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Director Alan Pakula, left, and writer Harper Lee watch the filming of Lee’s Pulitzer-Prize winning novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” in a 1962 photo. (Associated Press)

Reprinted from The Los Angeles Times by Susan King on November 15, 2019.

Alan Pakula, who died in 1998 at the age of 70 in an auto accident, was a most unusual filmmaker. Though his peers, including Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Roman Polanski, George Lucas and William Friedkin, were as well-known as the stars of their films, Pakula stayed out of the limelight and let his films speak for themselves.

And what films — some of the most memorable titles of the last half century.

Teaming up with director Robert Mulligan, he produced several films including the 1962 classic To Kill a Mockingbird and 1965’s Inside Daisy Clover. He moved to directing 50 years ago with The Sterile Cuckoo, a tragic love story for which Liza Minnelli earned her first Oscar nomination. …

The AFI Fest in Hollywood is paying tribute to Pakula with free screenings of Sterile Cuckoo, Klute and Sophie’s Choice and a free screening Sunday evening of Matthew Miele’s thoughtful new documentary, Alan Pakula: Going for Truth. That film features insightful and often emotional interviews with Redford, Ford, Streep, Fonda and Hoffman, co-workers and family and numerous clips. …

LA Times 11/15

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