Friday, January 30, 2009

The Panic of 1971

Posted By on Fri, Jan 30, 2009 at 12:00 PM

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"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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