Essay on THE STERILE CUCKOO

"You know what they called Pakula and his films? “Watchful.” Both were Yale-smart and, while not revolutionary in any meaningful sense, like few others, partly because the man himself was possessed of no special madness, no sizable ego (honestly, has anyone ever said anything bad about him? in Hollywood?), no overt will to manipulate. Only the desire to connect, to understand why people behave as they do. To the extent that he makes you want to do it, too. And because you can’t really understand a made thing without knowing why it was made (and because we are that thing), I have to ponder at the man’s motives."