THE PAKULA PARALLAX by Richard T. Jameson
“Not surprisingly, it is to those masters of the haunted screen, Lang and Murnau, that Pakula’s work suggests the greatest affinity of all: Lang with his blacks and whites that change places or cohabit side by side without ever merging into shades of gray, and his rigid lines and ferociously architectonic intuitions of a mazelike moral universe full of Doppelgängers and supernatural masterminds; Murnau with his cosmic apprehension of a fatal continuum, an apprehension so strong and so stylistically integral that the mere enclosure of an event, a person, a place within the motion picture frame becomes a stage in a mystical rite.”