The Panic of 1971

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01/30/2009 12:00 PM |

“A keen, unsentimental observation of a drug and a relationship, equally
self-destructive. Due to the combined artistry of Jerry Schatzberg, Al Pacino
and Cannes Best Actress winner Kitty Winn, Park aches with despair: close-ups
evoke the same amount of pain whether the camera is focused on a heroin
injection or simply a character’s glance.”

The L’s Nick McCarthy thinks you should see Film Forum‘s revival of the 1971 junkie romance The Panic in Needle Park, which plays for a week beginning tonight. (Go tonight at 7:40 for Schatzberg, Winn and coscreenwriter Joan Didion[!] in person.) Come for Al Pacino’s wired breakout role; stay for the Lindsay-era Manhattan grit. Fun fact: this is a movie about barely-together smack addicts who live on or around Broadway and 72nd Street. I can’t even afford to get off the subway at Broadway and 72nd Street. Who’s excited for the recession?

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