USA, 2013, 100 Minute Running Time
Topics: Crime, Documentary, Gay/Lesbian
Program: True Stories
"A man doesn’t regret what he does. I consider myself a romantic… A lover. Nobody would do what I did. Nobody would ever rob a bank to cut off a guy’s dick to give him a sex change operation. That’s why they made a movie about it."
So opines Mr John Wojtowicz, a garrulous and unapologetically larger-than-life New Yorker who found 15 minutes of fame and then some when his attempt to rob the Chase Manhattan bank in Brooklyn in August 1972 turned into a 14-hour hostage negotiation on live TV. The news story in turn begat a terrific Sidney Lumet movie with Al Pacino playing Wojtowicz (renamed Sonny Wortzik by screenwriter Frank Pierson): "Dog Day Afternoon". In prison, they called him "the dog".
Initially intrigued by the movie, and then increasingly fascinated by the real life character, filmmakers Berg and Keraudren interviewed Wojtowicz in 2002, and kept returning for more over the next several years until his death in 2006. Their film is both a portrait of a unique, very entertaining personality, and a smart commentary on the social tumult surrounding gay rights in the early ‘70s.
Filmmaker(s) attending: Director
DIRECTOR: Allison Berg, Frank Keraudren
Producer: Allison Berg, Frank Keraudren
Editor: Frank Keraudren
Cinematographer: Amanda Micheli, Nim-Rod Bachar, Peter Ginsburg, Axel Baumann, Wolfgang Held
Principal Cast: John Wojtowicz, Liz Eden, George Heath, Teresa Wojtowicz, Carmen Bifulco, Randy Wicker
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