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Al Pacino: Anatomy of an Actor Hardcover – 20 May 2013
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Karina Longworth is a film critic and journalist based in Los Angeles. Former editor of Cinematical and Spout, she is currently the leading film critic of LA Weekly and The Village Voice.
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It contains some great photos from all his most famous roles and some more recent film roles. Great text and goes in depth about his characters, film and provides compelling reading. Essential for all Pacno fans!
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Like other volumes in the series, Longworth's book explores and examines Pacino's career development by detailing "ten quintessential performances" that most directly display "the Al Pacino essence." Not all the films covered were big at the box office but they are, according to Longworth, the most useful in Pacino's development as an actor. Among the films covered are DOG DAY AFTERNOON, SERPICO, SCARFACE, SCENT OF A WOMAN, HEAT, JACK AND JILL(!) and, naturally, the GODFATHER trilogy. Longworth also interweaves Pacino's life-story with the film criticism to give a multi-layered portrait of the actor and man.
Film buffs will enjoy Longworth's book. It goes far beyond the usual "The Films of xxx" books to present a probing, thoughtful and entertaining examination of an acclaimed actor. Recommended.
For what it's worth: I divide Pacino's career into his early efforts and the later "Hoo-ah!" films. I thought his work in the 1970s was brilliant. His portrayal of Michael Corleone in the first two GODFATHER films was the finest depiction of corrupting evil ever put on the screen. I was less enamored of Pacino's talents as seen in later films like SCENT OF A WOMAN, DEVIL'S ADVOCATE, etc.; too much over-the-top histrionics and 'Pacino-doing-Pacino.'
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