Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

Posted By on Wed, Sep 25, 2013 at 9:00 AM

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Dog Day Afternoon Sidney Lumet Al Pacino
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Directed by Sidney Lumet
Before he growled his voice hoarse, Al Pacino could be skittish, shy and even idealistic. His Sonny Wortzik was a sentimental misfit. All he wanted to do was come up with the dough to pay for his wife-on-the-side Leon’s sex change operation. The plan was a smash-and-grab bank robbery. But Sonny and his partner didn’t have the stomach for violence; gangsters need steady hands and cold blood. Midway through the police standoff, a twitchy crowd hits the crime scene; the vibe inside the bank feeds off the rebellious energy outside and the glamor of being on the evening news. By the end the hostages don’t want to be saved. It’s a scene, man—get hopped up on it. Nicholas Thomson (Sep 30 at BAM, part of its Brooklyn Close-Up)

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