Dog Day Afternoon

Dog Day Afternoon (1975). Dir. Sidney Lumet

Sonny (Al Pacino): Is there any special country you wanna go to?

Sal (John Cazale): Wyoming.

Sonny: Sal, Wyoming’s not a country.

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Dog Day Afternoon está basado en una historia real: el robo fallido de John Wojtowicz y Salvatore Naturale llevado a cabo el 22 de agosto de 1972 en Brooklyn, NY. Wojtowicz cumplió 5 años en prisión de los 20 que le fueron sentenciados. Aron (Leon en la película) devino Liz Eden y murió de SIDA en 1987.

Soy una gran fan de John Cazale, un gran actor al que he descubierto verdaderamente hace poco. Cazale fue nominado al Golden Globe (Best Supporting Actor), pero no fue nominado al Oscar. Sidney Lumet no quería ni que Cazale leyera para el papel de Sal porque el verdadero Sal era mucho más joven que Cazale (tenía 18 años y Cazale, 39). Al Pacino convenció a Lumet que escuchara a Cazale y Lumet quedó maravillado con su actuación.

Dog Day Afternoon ganó un Oscar (Best Writing, Original Screenplay: Frank Pierson) y obtuvo otras 5 nominaciones al Oscar, entre ellas Best Picture y Best Director.

La graciosa escena donde Sal (Cazale) le dice a Sonny (Al) que quiere ir a Wyoming fue improvisada. Lumet se rió un montón y tuvo que cubrirse la boca; después usaron ese “take” en la película, y la broma es la cita más repetida de la película (y eso que la película es un drama, no una comedia).

Hay una escena en la que Sal (Cazale) le dice a Sylvia (Penelope Allen) que no fuma porque no quiere tener cáncer:

Sylvia: What, you don’t smoke?

Sal: No.

Sylvia: How come?

Sal: I don’t want the cancer.

Cazale moriría de cáncer de pulmón 3 años más tarde, en 1978, a los 42 años, 9 meses antes del estreno de The Deer Hunter.

Lo mejor: John Cazale, Chris Sarandon y Al Pacino, en ese orden.

Lo peor: algunas de las ‘secuestradas’.

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Sonny (Al Pacino): Is there any special country you wanna go to?

Sal (John Cazale): Wyoming.

Sonny: Sal, Wyoming’s not a country.

Dog Day Afternoon is based on a true story: the failed robbery attempted by John Wojtowicz and Salvatore Naturale on August 22, 1972 in Brooklyn.Wojtowicz served 5 of his 20 year prison sentence. Aron (Leon in the movie) became Liz Eden and died of AIDS in 1987.

I am a big fan of John Cazale, a great actor whom I’ve fully discovered just a little time ago. Cazale was nominated for a Golden Globe (Best Supporting Actor), but he did not get an Oscar nomination. Sidney Lumet didn’t even want Cazale to audition for the role of Sal, because the real Sal was much younger than Cazale (he was 18 years old and Cazale was 39). Al Pacino convinced Lumet to listen to Cazale’s reading and he was amazed by Cazale’s performance.

Dog Day Afternoon won an Oscar (Best Writing, Original Screenplay: Frank Pierson) and got 5 Oscar nominations, among them Best Picture and Best Director.

The funny scene where Sal (Cazale) says to Sonny (Al Pacino) that he wants to go to Wyoming was improvised. Lumet laughed a lot but immediately covered his mouth; later they used that take in the film, and the joke is the most used quote of the movie (even though the movie is a drama, not a comedy).

There is a scene where Sal (Cazale) says to Sylvia (Penelope Allen) that he does not smoke because he does not want to get cancer:

Sylvia: What, you don’t smoke?

Sal: No.

Sylvia: How come?

Sal: I don’t want the cancer.

Cazale would die of lung cancer three years later, in 1978, at age 42, nine months after the release of The Deer Hunter.

The best: John Cazale, Chris Sarandon, and Al Pacino, in that order.

The worst: some of the hostages.

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The Godfather. Part III

The Godfather. Part III (1990). Dir. Francis Ford Coppola

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“Friendship and money: oil and water” (Michael Corleone / Al Pacino)

The Godfather. Part III obtuvo 7 nominaciones al Oscar (incluidos Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Andy Garcia, Best Director: Coppola, y Best Cinematography: Gordon Willis). No ganó ningún Oscar.

Robert Duvall (Tom Hagen) no quiso participar en la película porque consideró “inaceptable” que a Al Pacino le pagaran 5 veces más que a él.

The Godfather. Part III no es tan genial como The Godfather y The Godfather. Part II, pero es una película buenísima. Otra joya de Coppola y un brillante, inesperado y doloroso final.

Lo mejor: Joe Mantegna y la confesión de Michael.

Lo peor: el peinado de Al Pacino.

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“Friendship and money: oil and water” (Michael Corleone / Al Pacino)

The Godfather. Part III got Oscar nominations (including Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Andy Garcia, Best Director: Coppola, and Best Cinematography: Gordon Willis). It didn’t win any Oscar.

Robert Duvall (Tom Hagen) didn’t want to be in the movie because he considered  it “unacceptable” that Al Pacino would earn 5 times more than him.

The Godfather. Part III is not so amazing as The Godfather and The Godfather. Part II, but nevertheless it is a really good movie. Another Coppola gem, and a brilliant, unexpected and painful end.

The best: Joe Mantegna and Michael’s confession.

The worst: Al Pacino’s hairdo.

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The Godfather. Part II

The Godfather. Part II (1974). Dir. Francis Ford Coppola

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“I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart” (Michael Corleone / Al Pacino)

The Godfather. Part II obtuvo 11 nominaciones al Oscar. Ganó 6 Oscars (Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Robert De Niro; Best Director: Coppola, Best Writing, Screenplay Adapted from Other Material: Coppola & Mario Puzo, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration: Tavoularis, Graham & Nelson, y Best Music, Original Dramatic Score: Nino Rota & Carmine Coppola).

John Cazale (Fredo), al igual que en The Godfather (1972), tampoco fue nominado por su brillante e inolvidable actuación.

De Niro no estuvo presente en los Oscar.

Lo mejor: Robert De Niro, John Cazale, Lee Strasberg (Hyman Roth), la cinematografía (Gordon Willis, llamado “The Prince of Darkness”) y la música (Nino Rota & Carmine Coppola).

Lo peor: los muertos que se mueven (el hermano de Vito Andolini que mueve el brazo y la prostituta que respira), aunque tampoco importa demasiado.

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“I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart” (Michael Corleone / Al Pacino)

The Godfather. Part II got 11 Oscar nominations, and won 6 Oscars (Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Robert De Niro; Best Director: Coppola, Best Writing, Screenplay Adapted from Other Material: Coppola & Mario Puzo, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration: Tavoularis, Graham & Nelson, and Best Music, Original Dramatic Score: Nino Rota & Carmine Coppola).

John Cazale (Fredo), as in The Godfather (1972), didn’t get a nomination for his brilliant and unforgettable performance.

De Niro didn’t attend the Oscars.

The best: Robert De Niro, John Cazale, Lee Strasberg (Hyman Roth), the cinematography (Gordon Willis, called “The Prince of Darkness”), and the music (Nino Rota & Carmine Coppola).

The worst: the dead that seem alive (Vito’s brother moves his arm and the dead prostitute is breathing), although it does not bother too much.

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The Godfather

The Godfather (1972). Dir. Francis Ford Coppola

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“I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse” (Vito Corleone / Marlon Brando)

The Godfather obtuvo 11 nominaciones al Oscar. Ganó 3 Oscars (Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role: Marlon Brando; Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium: Mario Puzo & Coppola).

John Cazale (Fredo) no fue nominado por su brillante actuación.

Brando no aceptó su Oscar.

Lo mejor: La música (Nino Rota), Marlon Brando, John Cazale & Al Pacino.

Lo peor: el italiano de Brando.

Antonia Tejeda Barros, Madrid, 18 de mayo de 2016

“I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse” (Vito Corleone / Marlon Brando)

The Godfather got 11 Oscar nominations, and won 3 Oscars (Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role: Marlon Brando; Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium: Mario Puzo & Coppola).

John Cazale (Fredo) wasn’t nominated for his brilliant performance.

Brando didn’t accept his Oscar.

The best: The music (Nino Rota), Marlon Brando, John Cazale & Al Pacino.

The worst: Brando’s Italian.

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