Dog Day Afternoon: When Pacino showed the range of a true master

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‘Dog Day Afternoon’ proved that there was more to Al Pacino than cold and steely, or loud and shouty. (Getty Images)
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‘Dog Day Afternoon’ proved that there was more to Al Pacino than cold and steely, or loud and shouty. (Getty Images)
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‘Dog Day Afternoon’ proved that there was more to Al Pacino than cold and steely, or loud and shouty. (Getty Images)
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‘Dog Day Afternoon’ proved that there was more to Al Pacino than cold and steely, or loud and shouty. (Getty Images)
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‘Dog Day Afternoon’ proved that there was more to Al Pacino than cold and steely, or loud and shouty. (Getty Images)
Updated 15 August 2018
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Dog Day Afternoon: When Pacino showed the range of a true master

  • Pacino plays Sonny Wortzik, an effeminate outcast who desperately, brazenly – and really quite ineffectually – holds up a penniless Brooklyn bank
  • Emerging to collect a pizza delivery or goad the cops, cornered Wortzik becomes an unlikely folk hero, leading the simmering masses against authoritarianism

DUBAI: Once upon a time in Hollywood, Al Pacino’s name was not a byword for lukewarm thrillers or lackluster dramas. In possession of one of the most bankable faces in the movies, Pacino has a reputation that rests largely on just two roles: Michael Corleone in “The Godfather” (1972) and Tony Montana in “Scarface” (1983) – two iconic gangsters whose ruthless, brutish shadows obscure the riches they bookend.

Because Pacino’s script-screening was once judiciously discerning – if not always impeccable – throughout the 1970s, he acted in just eight films. Labors of love, not bottom-line negotiations, these heyday performances were rooted in compulsive zeal, obsessive research and an adherence to Stanislavski’s method system.

The complacency of contemporary Pacino sometimes feels like an insult to this golden run, and at its glorious centerpiece stands “Dog Day Afternoon” – a film which proved defiantly that there is so much more to Pacino than cold and steely or loud and shouty.

Under the nuanced gaze of Sidney Lumet – who directed Pacino two years earlier as the idealistic New York cop in the classic “Serpico” – the 1975 Oscar-winner was a triumph of tone, texture and pacing. And in nearly every frame, Pacino’s presence pulsates with magnetic charisma.

Pacino plays Sonny Wortzik, an effeminate outcast who desperately, brazenly – and really quite ineffectually – holds up a penniless Brooklyn bank alongside troubled friend Sal (fellow “Godfather” star John Cazale). Soon after the cops, the TV cameras arrive, and while he is claustrophobically holed up with his sympathetic hostages, Sonny’s unconventional backstory unravels out into the open.

As the spotlight is thrust onto a dysfunctional wife and lover, curious crowds descend on the scene. Emerging to collect a pizza delivery or goad the cops, cornered Wortzik becomes an unlikely folk hero, leading the simmering masses against authoritarianism.

This remarkable turn of events was based on a real failed heist of just three years earlier. The movie was nominated for six Oscars. Frank Pierson’s script won Original Screenplay. Meanwhile, Pacino – also up against Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson and Robert Redford – lost out on the Best Actor gong to Jack Lemmon for “Save the Tiger.” That roll call alone is a testament to how far Hollywood has climbed, crawled and plunged.


Singer Rita Ora unveils new music video shot in Dubai

The video features scenes shot in the celebrity-loved city. (AFP)
Updated 16 July 2019
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Singer Rita Ora unveils new music video shot in Dubai

British singer Rita Ora unveiled her latest music video on Monday, revealing that it was shot in Dubai.

The video for “New Look,” which the artist released on YouTube and promoted on her social media platforms on Monday evening, features scenes shot in the celebrity-loved city.

One of the neighborhoods to feature in the music video is Meydan — home to Dubai’s premiere racecourse, as well as a clutch of popular party spots.

 

“My brand new video for NEW LOOK is out now!! This was so much fun to film in Dubai (sic),” Ora posted on her Instagram account, alongside a clip of the video.

“NEW LOOK video comes out tomorrow!! I can’t wait for you all to see it, filming in Dubai was so much fun with these amazing cars #VisitDubai (sic),” she said in another post.