Dog Day Afternoon
My favorite dialogue/line:
-“Is there any special country you wanna go to?”
First watched the film 37 years after its theatrical release.
I ate shrimp stuffed chile poblanos. (new recipe) need to improve it.
Outside temperature 12°C/54°F
When I first watch a film I try to not research or “hear about it.” I honestly didn’t know what was I getting myself into for this one. It was awesome. just awesome. I’ve always thought that having few locations is an amazing story device because it really shows you time progression and character development. This film does exactly that. Since the beginning of the film you know something is bound to go terribly wrong and you’re just praying for all of them to get out of the situation as fast as they should. Frank Pierson (screenwriter) and Sidney Lumet (director) accomplish the excellent first “srike” when (SPOILER ALERT!) the young robber decides to bail on Pacino and Cazale’s characters.
In film school you’re always told you need a motive. I was very surprised that having so little time and really just two main characters, the motive was always clear. However when the real motive behind the bank robbery is revealed it unleashed a whole new beast.
Pacino, being a method actor (complete emotional identification with his/her character, even when cameras are not rolling) had to be hospitalized after the shoot ended for being emotionally exhausted. His acting is absolutely exhuberating and you feel his non-stop energy throughout the piece. When it came to Oscars he was nominated of course but lost to also great performance by Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cukoo’s Nest. Same situation for Director Sidney Lumet losing to Milos Forman for One Flew Over the Cukoo’s Nest as well.
Again, having one-three locations is a great device that now a days you don’t see often. Filmmakers seem to be scared to bored their audience. Personally I believe that if you have a strong story you could tell it in a dark room for all I care (“Buried” with Ryan Reynolds for example) Dog Day Afternoon became an instant classic. Hope to see more!
3 INTERESTING FACTS:
Outdoor scenes were shot in cold weather conditions. So to prevent “cold breath” to show, actors would put ice in their mouths before each take.
Sidney Lumet’s fast way of working made the film to be concluded 3 weeks before schedule.
Other than fake blood, there was no use of make up in the film.
Hope you enjoyed this!
Next Film: Cronos
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