Al Pacino

In Films and on Stage, 2d ed.

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About the Book

One of our most passionate and gifted actors, Al Pacino has been riveting audiences for decades with performances in everything from The Godfather to Angels in America to Danny Collins. He has also appeared on the stage, tackling such difficult roles as Richard III, King Herod and Shylock, along with parts in contemporary dramas like Glengarry Glen Ross. Pacino has also directed two documentaries and two feature films.
Aspects of Pacino’s private life and film choices can be controversial. Often accused of a lack of subtlety or of “chewing the scenery,” his mesmeric intensity galvanizes fans and divides critics, as do his Shakespearean interpretations. In its completely revised second edition, this book critically reevaluates his many onscreen and onstage roles. Pacino is an actor who cannot be ignored.

About the Author(s)

William Schoell is the author of numerous books about the performing arts and pop culture, and the writer of the blog Great Old Movies. He lives in New York.

Bibliographic Details

William Schoell
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 200
Bibliographic Info: 23 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2016
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7196-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2285-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments  viii

Preface  1

Part One: Pacino’s Life  3

Pacino and the Ladies 13 • Reassessing Pacino 16 • Honors 17

Part Two: Pacino’s Films  20

Me, Natalie (1969) 20 • The Panic in Needle Park (1971) 22 • The Godfather (1972) 26 • Scarecrow (1973) 31 • Serpico (1973) 35 • The Godfather Part II (1974) 38 • Dog Day Afternoon (1975) 42 • Bobby Deerfield (1977) 47 • …And Justice for All (1979) 50 • Cruising (1980) 54 • Author! Author! (1982) 60 • Scarface (1983) 63 • Revolution (1985) 68 • Sea of Love (1989) 72 • Dick Tracy (1990) 76 • The ­Godfather Part III (1990) 79 • The Local Stigmatic (1990) 82 • Frankie and Johnny (1991) 85 • Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) 89 • Scent of a Woman (1992) 91 • Carlito’s Way (1993) 95 • Two Bits (1995) 99 • Heat (1995) 100 • City Hall (1996) 103 • Looking for Richard (1996) 105 • Donnie Brasco (1997) 108 • The Devil’s Advocate (1997) 112 • The Insider (1999) 115 • Any Given Sunday (1999) 118 • Chinese ­Coffee (2000) 120 • Insomnia (2002) 123 • Simone (S1m0ne) (2002) 126 • People I Know (2002) 128 • The Recruit (2003) 131 • Gigli (2003) 133 • Angels in America (2003) 135 • The Merchant of Venice (2004) 139 • Two for the Money (2005) 141 • 88 Minutes (2007) 143 • Ocean’s Thirteen (2007) 145 • Righteous Kill (2008) 147 • You Don’t Know Jack (2010) 150 • The Son of No One (2011) 152 • Wilde Salomé (2011) 154 • Jack and Jill (2011) 156 • Stand Up Guys (2012) 158 • Phil Spector (2013) 160 • Salome (2013) 162 • The Humbling (2014) 164 • 

Manglehorn (2014) 167 • Danny Collins (2015) 168

Part Three: Pacino on Stage 171

Major Stage Appearances 179 • Additional

Workshops, Readings and Small Productions 181

Notes  183

Bibliography  185

Index  187