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All the President's Men Director

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Alan J. Pakula

Aside from the stifling humidity, Washington D.C. and Alabama seem like two totally different worlds. But these two states are linked by Alan J. Pakula, who produced the film version of To Kill a Mockingbird and directed All the President's Men, two movies that could not seem more different on the surface.

After the success of Mockingbird in 1962, Pakula directed a series of films in the 1970's that dealt with paranoia and scandal. Throw in some disco, and you have a perfect image of the mood of the 70's.

These films included Klute, The Parallax View, and All the President's Men, which is arguable the most successful of the three, although Klute cemented Jane Fonda's status as a serious actress.

Pakula worked closely with star and producer Robert Redford, even rewriting the film with him after they deemed William Goldman's script inadequate. Although the film lost Best Picture to Rocky, Pakula took home a trophy for Best Director. Pakula died in a car accident in 1998. Considering how obsessed Pakula was with paranoia, maybe it wasn't an accident after all. (*cue suspenseful music*)

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