Klute : The music is brilliant

The music is brilliant

The women singing "la" and the little sound effects like chimes....so haunting.

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I was just coming on here to mention this score. I'm watching it now and I think the music is probably the creepiest soundtrack I ever heard, even over The Omen with the Gregorian chant. The woman's voice is quite haunting and creepy. I can't really think of a scarier score. And Klute isn't even a horror movie,

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Yes, great score. At first i thought it was David Shire, who worked with Pakula later (on the incomparable All The President's Men, but it ended up being Michael Small, of course, of whom i'd never heard.

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I love this score. Shades of "Rosemary's Baby" la-la-la lullaby, but more minimalistic, free-form. Just gorgeous, and spooky as all get out.

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Yes, it is very similar to Rosemary's Baby.

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Finally saw this for the first time. Not sure why it took me that long. As far as the score, all through the film, I kept thinking "Dirty Harry". Don't remember any specifics, but maybe this was a 1971 thing.

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Yes, yes, yes --- it makes me feel as if I'm watching a sheer curtain moving, gently rippling back and forth through a window ... it takes me in, it NEVER competes with the story . . .and the subtle lullaby-like progression brings that sense of some kind of naivete, innocence
swirling around her at
various points -- Bree (great character name) really
doesn't know what she's been
playing at all these years and the unseen dangers.

The sound and musical score
in "A Streetcar Named Desire"
has some of that same effect
for me. These elements can
entirely make or break the
tension and magic of a film
like "Klute" . . . .

Though I was in my early 20's
when "Klute" was released, I
hadn't seen it until a couple
years ago . . . Now, I record
it when it's on TCM -- and
watch it a few times over a
month. It's beautifully
seductive on many levels for
me.

Though Jane has often been
as actress I had difficulty
connecting with --- oddly,
because of the unusually low
timbre of her voice and that the way she spoke often sounded somewhat too self-assured --- I can't quite imagine any other actress delivering such a unique, powerful, spot-on feel to
this amazing character. For me, this is the most outstanding, truly memorable performance of her career thus far.
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