Tag Archives: Dog Day Afternoon

For Sidney Lumet’s Birthday: A Personal Memory: or: What Dog Day Afternoon Means to Me

When I was 12 or 13, I saw Dog Day Afternoon one night while I was babysitting, and it changed the course of my life. This is not hyperbole. It is partially responsible for me being who I am today, … Continue reading

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Sidney Lumet: Excerpts from Making Movies

It’s Sidney Lumet’s birthday. Here are many excerpts from his classic and invaluable film-making handbook Making Movies: In Murder on the Orient Express, I wanted Ingrid Bergman to play the Russian Princess Dragomiroff. She wanted to play the retarded Swedish … Continue reading

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Peter Labuza Interviews Me for The Cinephiliacs Podcast: We Discuss John Cassavetes’ Opening Night

I had a great time talking with Peter Labuza for his wonderful Cinephiliacs podcast. You can download the episode here. We get into it! We talk about actors, movies, movie stars, John Wayne, Elvis, Judy Garland, gesture – and then … Continue reading

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“I am really happy the doc is even getting out on DVD. Y’know, for a forty minute short to come out on DVD is not an every day occurrence.”

A wonderful interview with Richard Shepard, director of the HBO documentary I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale. Five films. Is it possible that John Cazale only made five films? I have written before (here and elsewhere) about the … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Dede Allen

Without exaggeration, I can say that Dede Allen changed my life (without me even knowing who she was), and contributed to me making the choices I did. I was always a movie fan, even as a kid, and always into … Continue reading

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The Books: “Baby Doll” (Carroll Baker)

Daily Book Excerpt: Entertainment Biography/Memoir: Baby Doll: An Autobiography, by Carroll Baker When I was about 12 years old, I first saw East of Eden, around the same time that I saw Dog Day Afternoon, a movie I didn’t really … Continue reading

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Fall 1995: Acting Notebook

Going through all these old notebooks – I came across the notebooks I kept during grad school. At first they start out all work, no play … which is interesting in and of itself – but the notebooks I kept … Continue reading

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Movie Fanatics, Read On

I managed to finish the newest quiz from The Professor. Fun!! 1) Does film best tell the truth (Godard) or tell lies (De Palma) at 24 frames per second? (Thanks, Peet) In my opinion, in terms of human BEHAVIOR – … Continue reading

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Four Things

I can’t remember, first of all, where I found this – and I also can’t remember if I’ve done it or not. Oh well. This blog sucks. But it’s fun. Four things I f*cking hate: 1. Coconut/applesauce (right, Tom?) 2. … Continue reading

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Remembering Dog Day Afternoon

A marvelous post about the film. I’ve written before about that movie just after Marlon Brando died. The post was about Brando – but I can’t write about Marlon without referencing Dog Day Afternoon, they are very closely linked in … Continue reading

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