Born on April 7: Alan J. Pakula, director of Sophie’s Choice

Alan J. Pakula

Alan J Pakula would be 82 years old today. He died in a car accident in 1998. He directed 16 movies and produced many of those too. His most famous movies are “Sophie’s Choice”, ”All the President’s Men” and ”To Kill a Mockingbird”, — he was nominated for the Oscars for all three. He also directed ”Klute”, “Dream Lover”, and  “The Parallax View”. The American Film Institute described him as someone who “created some of the most emotionally penetrating, culturally significant and artistically brilliant films of the 1960s, 70s and 80s.”

“Alan Jay Pakula was born in the Bronx, New York, on April 7 1928, of Polish-Jewish descent. His father was co-owner of a printing company in Manhattan”. (The Telegraph) “When Alan was 4, the family, which was traditional in its Jewish observance, moved from the Bronx to Long Beach, a Long Island suburb.” (HaAretz)

Check his  IMDB, Wikipedia page or the book about him, “Alan J. Pakula: His Films and His Life by Jared Brown” or his New York Times obituary for more information.

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