ALAN J. PAKULA (b.1928 - d.1998) AUTOGRAPHED expense report for "FEAR STRIKES OUT," Pakula's first Producer Credit. LEGENDARY multiple ACADEMY AWARD nominated PRODUCER/DIRECTOR of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN, SOPHIE'S CHOICE and many, many others before his tragic death. Listed here is a Alan J. Pakula autograph on a 8.5" X 11" Expense Report for the 1957 released "Fear Strikes Out," the true story of Jimmy Piersall, who battled mental illness to achieve stardom in Major League Baseball. The report is dated December 29, 1955 and is addressed to Jacob H. Karp, a Paramount Executive and CEO. The expenses are listed for a New York trip and a Mexico City trip. The document is boldly signed in black fountain pen over the typewritten name of "ALAN J. PAKULA," and it has a few accounting or secretarial notations below. There is a slight smudge on the lower extender of the "A" of Alan but it doesn't detract. Alan Pakula signatures are rare and this full signature is clean, in fine condition, and on a document of historical significance to an illustrious career. (see photos)
Alan Pakula (April 7, 1928 – November 19, 1998), born Alan Jay Pakula, was an American film director, writer and producer. He was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Picture for To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), Best Director for All the President's Men (1976) and Best Adapted Screenplay for Sophie's Choice (1982).
Pakula was also notable for directing his "paranoia trilogy" that included All the President's Men. The other two films in that trilogy are Klute (1971) and The Parallax View (1974).
Pakula started his Hollywood career as an assistant in the cartoon department at Warner Brothers. In 1957, he undertook his first production role for Paramount Pictures. In 1962, he produced To Kill a Mockingbird, for which he was nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award. Pakula had a successful professional relationship as the producer of movies directed by Robert Mulligan from 1957 to 1968. In 1969, he directed his first feature, The Sterile Cuckoo, starring Liza Minnelli.
In 1971, Pakula released the first installment of what would informally come to be known as his " paronoia trilogy". Klute, the story of a relationship between a private eye (played by Donald Sutherland) and a call girl (played by Jane Fonda, who won an Oscar for her performance), was a commercial and critical success. This was followed in 1974 by The Parallax View starring Warren Beatty, a labyrinthine post-Watergate thriller involving political assassinations. The film has been noted for its experimental use of hypnotic imagery in a celebrated film-within-a-film sequence in which the protagonist is inducted into the Parallax Corporation, whose main, albeit non-ostensible, enterprise is domestic terrorism.
Finally, in 1976, Pakula rounded out the "trilogy" with All the President's Men, based on the bestselling account of the Watergate scandal written by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who were played in the movie by Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman, respectively. It was another commercial hit, considered by many critics and fans to be one of the best thrillers of the 1970s.
Pakula scored another hit in 1982 with Sophie's Choice , starring Meryl Streep. His screenplay, based on the novel by William Styron, was nominated for an Academy Award. Later commercial successes included Presumed Innocent, based on the bestselling novel by Scott Turow, and another political thriller, The Pelican Brief, an adaptation of John Grisham's bestseller. His final film was the crime drama thriller film The Devil's Own, where he reunited with Harrison Ford.
Pakula tragically died on November 19, 1998 in a car accident on the Long Island Expressway in Melville, New York. He was 70 years old. A driver in front of him struck a metal pipe, which went through Pakula's windshield, struck him in the head, and caused him to swerve off the road and into a fence. He was killed instantly.
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