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Alan J. Pakula - Interviews

Alan J. Pakula


Edited by Tom Ryan
Series: Conversations with Filmmakers Series

Hardcover : 9781496852892, 208 pages, September 2024
Paperback : 9781496852885, 240 pages, September 2024
Expected to ship: 2024-09-16
Expected to ship: 2024-09-16

Table of contents

Foreword by Don McAlpine
Unlikely Elements: Alan J. Pakula in an Interview with Gordon Gow
Gordon Gow / 1972
Klute Review
Tom Milne / 1971
“Not a Garbo or a Gilbert in the Bunch”: Alan Pakula Talks to Tom Milne
Tom Milne / 1972
The Parallax View: An Interview with Alan Pakula
Andrew C. Bobrow / 1974
Under the Influence: An Interview with Alan J. Pakula
Steven Soderbergh / 1998
Mr. Pakula Goes to Washington: Alan J. Pakula on All the President’s Men
Rick Thompson / 1976
Making a Film about Two Reporters
Alan J. Pakula / 1976
World without Shadows
Richard Combs / 1976
The American Film Institute’s Dialogue on Film: Alan J. Pakula
American Film / 1979
Lichtenstein, Legends, and Leviathan: Pakula on Rollover
Alan J. Pakula / 1982
Pakula’s Choices
Jonathan Rosenbaum / 1982
“I Am Very American in Many, Many Ways”: An Interview with Alan. J. Pakula
Tom Ryan / 1983
The American Film Institute’s Dialogue on Film #2: Alan J. Pakula
American Film / 1985
Family Ties Bind Pakula to His Morning
Bruce Weber / 1989
A Walk with Good and Evil: Alan J. Pakula Interviewed
Ana Maria Bahiana / 1990
Disaster? Was There a Disaster?
Ian Fisher / 1997
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A concise yet comprehensive overview of the director’s illustrious career, from his early days in Hollywood to his rise as a major filmmaker


Renowned for his masterful storytelling, Alan J. Pakula (1928–1998) left an indelible mark on cinema history. Alan J. Pakula: Interviews offers a concise yet comprehensive overview of the director’s illustrious career, from his early days in Hollywood to his rise as a major filmmaker. From the famous “paranoid trilogy” of Klute, The Parallax View, and All the President’s Men to the gripping psychological drama of Sophie’s Choice and his often-undervalued later work, Pakula’s diverse filmography has captivated audiences and critics alike.

The first published collection of interviews with the acclaimed director, this volume presents an illuminating portrait of Pakula as a filmmaker, an artist, and a man of many parts. The eighteen pieces compiled here, including an illuminating introduction and previously unpublished 1983 interview by editor Tom Ryan, provide a broad overview of Pakula’s career. In his own words, Pakula recounts his experience as Robert Mulligan’s producer, reflects on the bulk of films he made as director, and outlines his approach to the art of filmmaking. Taken as a whole, Alan J. Pakula: Interviews is a treasure trove of cinematic wisdom and a fitting tribute to the legacy of an important American filmmaker.