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Scarecrow, starring Al Pacino and Gene Hackman

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Scarecrow (1973)(DVD)  Directed by Jerry Schatzberg (The Panic in Needle Park (1971)), starring Al Pacino (The Panic in Needle Park (1971), The Godfather trilogy (starting in 1972), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Scarface (1983), Angels in America (2003) and many others)Gene Hackman  (Bonnie & Clyde (1967), A Bridge Too Far (1977), Under Fire (1983), Unforgiven (1992), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), and many other films) and others.  This road movie, of two alienated down-and-out buddies, which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1973, pairs a full-on Method-Acting Pacino in youthful vigor with the virtually opposing style of a formalist Gene Hackman, shortly after his Oscar, in 1971, as Best Actor in The French Connection.  Reminiscent of the pairing of Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman in Midnight Cowboy (1969), characters respectively naive and experience-hardened, and in style formalist and Method, the result is an impressive, moving film, and Scarecrow is a must-see for any number of reasons, full of harshness and sensitivity, and sadness at lost hopes. (PR)

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Sidney Lumet (1924-2011) – Director of Classics of American Cinema, Focused on Conscience

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 10 April 2011

Serpico (1973), directed by Sidney Lumet, theatrical release poster

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The great, and prolific, American film director, Sidney Lumet, who brought us such excellent and memorable films as 12 Angry Men (1957), Serpico (1973), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976),  The Verdict (1982) and Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007), among many, many others, has died at the age of 86.

Robert Berkvist has written a thoughtful article entitled “A Director of Classics, Focused on Conscience” in the Movies section of The New York Times looking at Lumet, his career, films, and motivations.

Excellent slideshow, again from The New York Times, here.

Here is a link to a 13 minute video interview with Sidney Lumet, in The Last Word section of The New York Times (online) where he discusses his career, his gritty New York films and his legacy.

See our review of Sidney Lumet’s excellent, though little-known, 1972 film, The Offence, starring Sean Connery, here.

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The Offence

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 15 March 2011

The Offence (1972) directed by  Sidney Lumet starring Sean Connery

The Offence (1972) (DVD) directed by Sidney Lumet starring Sean Connery, Trevor Howard, Vivien Merchant, Ian Bannen.  A tightly filmed, tense look at guilt and innocence, perversion and evil, extraordinary and powerful performances by all the actors characterise offer up an intense view of the sordid and the tormented.  Truly a MUST SEE.

Following is a brief, but impressive, list of some elements of the filmographies of the actors and director.

Ian Bannen: Flight of the Phoenix (1965), Gorky Park (1983)

Vivien Merchant: Alfie (1966), Frenzy (1972)

Trevor Howard: Brief Encounter (1945), The Third Man (1949), Sons and Lovers (1960), Ryan’s Daughter (1970)

Sean Connery: Aside from the justifiably well-known James Bond and Indiana Jones films, here are a few of Connery’s other films:  The Name of the Rose (1986), The Untouchables (1987), The Hunt for Red October (1990), The Rock (1996), Finding Forrester (2000)

Sidney Lumet:  The list of excellent films directed by Lumet is seemingly endless; here are just a few of them: 12 Angry Men (1957), The Fugitive Kind (1959), Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1962), The Hill (1965), Serpico (1973), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976), The Verdict (1982), and more recently, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007)

(PR)

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