Years after its release, Dog Day Afternoon (1975) is still considered one of the most important films of all time. Most of its greatness is thankful to the actors and their memorable roles and here in this documentary, cast members Al Pacino, Chris Sarandon, Charles Durning, Lance Henriksen, the director and others talk about the casting process and how elemental each actor were for the film's success.Written by
Excellent documentary on the making of Sidney Lumet's DOG DAY AFTERNOOn with Al Pacino. The documentary features interviews with both Lumet and Pacino as well as producer Martin Bregman, writer Frank Pierson, Charles Durning, Chris Sarandon and Lance Henriksen. At just over an hour the documentary does a very good job at putting you directly into the making of the film and at the end you almost feel as if you were actually on the set. The documentary is broken into four parts (The Story, Casting the Controversy, Recreating the Facts, After the Filming) with each of them containing great stories and plenty of detail. Some of the most interesting stuff deals with how they approached Pacino and after originally agreeing to do the movie he suddenly changed his mind and had to be talked into it. There's also quite a bit of talk about the controversial storyline involving the homosexuality and certain things that were changed before filming. It's also very interesting hearing Lumet talk about how he wanted the entire thing to be shot on location and what the production had to do in order to get that documentary style feel. If you're a fan of the movie then this here is going to be a must-see. The majority of the major actors are on hand and hearing from Pacino and Lumet really gives you a great idea of everything that went on.
CASTING THE CONTROVERSY starts off with Lumet talking about how he was ready to go when he first read the screenplay. The rest of the running time deals with how they decided to cast the film. Pacino talks about why he originally turned it down and why he forced the writer to make another change even after he took the part. It's also quite clear that the actor had a major part in picking the actors to surround himself with.
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