Jane Fonda is a mellow, retiring tabby, but not so long ago she was a sex kitten and antiwar tiger of the first rank. Henry's daughter (and Bridget's aunt) was never more seductively feline than as the New York call girl Bree Daniels in the top-drawer thriller Klute (1971). In-demand and seemingly in control of all she surveys, Bree is blackmailed by private dick Donald Sutherland into helping him find a missing friend. No good deed goes unpunished, and it isn't long before the movie's shadowy villain has her in his sights. Much more than a woman-in-danger pic, Alan J. Pakula's crackerjack yarn is a complex take on the vulnerability of women, even proto-feminists, in a man's, man's, man's world. (Roy Scheider, who passed away recently, leaves a distinct impression in a key role.) Klute headlines Cinewhores, the monthly dose of "scandalous sex on the silver screen" administered by Whore! magazine and St. James Infirmary, and includes a discussion after the film; count on a frank give-and-take on Bree's professionalism and Jane's gutsy, Oscar-winning performance.
Last Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Starts: Jan. 28. Continues through April 28, 2008