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A DRY WHITE SEASON
1990, Park Circus/MGM, 97 min, USA, Dir: Euzhan Palcy

In this blistering drama, Donald Sutherland plays Ben du Toit, a schoolteacher in South Africa, whose eyes are opened to the brutality of apartheid when a black acquaintance is murdered by the police. To bring those responsible to justice, du Toit enlists a human rights attorney (Oscar-nominated Marlon Brando, who emerged from a near-decade retirement to take the role). With Susan Sarandon.


INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1978)
1978, Park Circus/MGM, 115 min, USA, Dir: Philip Kaufman

A deftly handled, scary reimagining of both Jack Finney’s source novel and Don Siegel’s original 1956 movie, with Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams and Leonard Nimoy trying to deal with the sudden influx of body-snatching alien seed pods in the San Francisco Bay Area. With Jeff Goldblum, Veronica Cartwright, Lelia Goldoni and Don Siegel as a cab driver. Cinematography by Michael Chapman (RAGING BULL, TAXI DRIVER).


KLUTE
1971, Warner Bros, 114 min, USA, Dir: Alan J. Pakula

John Klute (Donald Sutherland), a small-town detective visiting the Big Apple on a missing-persons case, finds a possible lead when he meets call girl Bree Daniel (Jane Fonda, who won the 1972 Best Actress Oscar for her performance). What begins as an antagonistic relationship between a square family man and a city-dwelling, emotionally closed-off woman slowly becomes a genuine love affair. Bree’s inability to feel warmth is challenged by Klute’s quiet dignity and desire to understand her, and their attachment is intensified by an unknown stalker dogging Bree’s trail. An expert melding of character study and suspense thriller, and the first of several collaborations between director Alan J. Pakula and cinematographer Gordon Willis.


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