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Alan J. Pakula

  • American director
  • Born April 7, 1928
  • Died November 19, 1998

Alan Jay Pakula (; April 7, 1928 – November 19, 1998) was an American film director, writer and producer. He was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Picture for To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), Best Director for All the President's Men (1976) and Best Adapted Screenplay for Sophie's Choice (1982). Pakula was also notable for directing his "paranoia trilogy": Klute (1971), The Parallax View (1974) and All the President's Men (1976).


Most of us live in a safe world. We don't have to fight for our values, we don't have to fight for our freedom, we don't have a sense of injustice.




Directors have a tendency to use their hands like orchestra conductors. They don't realize that the actor is looking at their faces, anyway.




I've hardly had an avant-garde career... If you're going to make a film, you have to try to make sure it comes out of a childlike passion, as if you're doing it for the first time.




A man who is in control, and inside there is a frightened child - that interests me. Why? You can draw your own conclusions.




Some actors come to the set ready to do their parts a certain way.



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