Klute (1971) won
Jane Fonda Best Actress honors from both the Golden Globes and The
Oscars. She plays a bright call girl, who does it for the money,
and because she wants meaningless sex in situations she can
control. She is seeing a therapist, hoping to get out of the life,
and open herself to real relationships.
At one point she
was beaten by a trick, and thus becomes the only lead in a search
for a missing engineer, who has been sending her sick letters.
Donald Sutherland is John Klute, a small town detective sent to
New York to solve the crime.
I saw this film several times in the early 70s, as it was a
frequent offering on cable, and did have brief nudity from Fonda,
and was impressed by what, at the time, seemed a gritty and
accurate portrayal of prostitution in New York. The film did not
hold up well for me.
- Fonda seemed
more like the cliched movie hooker than a real one
- I was able
to guess the ending before the midpoint of the film, even
though I had forgotten
- The pace was
through today's eyes, Fonda's performance was not that special
either, as there was little dramatic range.
I can give it no
more than a C+, as a technically competent mystery thriller, that
is not all that mysterious or thrilling by today's standards.