Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Donald Sutherland

Three incredible performances by Donald Sutherland in three exceptional films from the 1970's… Click on the images to watch the trailer on YouTube.

Klute (1971) Sutherland stars as detective John Klute in Alan J Pakula’s thriller. He taps the phone of a call girl named Bree, as a means of locating a missing businessman but during the process discovers that Bree is being stalked. Sutherland is fantastic as the detective and Jane Fonda is unbelievable in her role and good enough to eat in her thigh high boots and tight sweaters. The chemistry between the unlikely couple is thoroughly believable and altogether mesmerising.

 Don’t Look Now (1973) John Baxter (Sutherland) moves to Venice with his wife (Julie Christie) after the disturbing accidental death of their young daughter. Whilst there, they have ghostly premonitions, meet some unsavoury characters and have some memorable sex. Sutherland and Christie, again have amazing chemistry as husband and wife, not only in their passion for one another but in their mutual mourning. Director Nicolas Roeg (Performance, Walkabout) was in his prime and the addition of an astounding cast, a stunning location, and a gut wrenching finale makes for one of the most unforgettable and original horror films of all time.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) Philip Kaufman’s remake of the classic B-movie is bubbling over with suspense. Set in San Francisco, Sutherland stars as Matthew Bennell whose friends are rapidly losing their emotions. It’s a race against time to either end alien human duplication or be duplicated. Sutherland’s face is his best asset in this role, he is emotionless throughout. As a viewer you are clinging to the tails of Sutherland’s mac willing him to escape the horror and then comes the twist… it’s like finding out you’re adopted, discovering your real dad is Gary Glitter and then being kicked in the gut.

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