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Al Pacino, An Actor's Vision (1985-2007)

Cast: Al Pacino, Al Pacino, Jerry Orbach, more...
Director: Al Pacino, Al Pacino
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Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Art, Film
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Al Pacino, An Actor's Vision: Babbleonia (2007)
A unique retrospective of a truly unique talent and an opportunity to hear the story of Al Pacino's remarkable, lengthy, and well-rounded career in his own words. You will follow Pacino through his years as an actor, sense his love of the stage and join him on his foray into directing.

Al Pacino, An Actor's Vision: Chinese Coffee (2000)
Al Pacino made a rare return to the stage in 1994 when he starred in a Broadway production of Ira Lewis's play Chinese Coffee. In this film adaptation of the drama, Pacino recreates his performance and also directs. Harry Levine (Pacino) is a writer in his early fifties who has published two novels, but never enjoyed enough literary success to leave his job as a doorman. Harry has just finished a third book, and is waiting for his close friend Jake Manheim (Jerry Orbach) to read the manuscript and give him his opinion. Harry is already edgy as he awaits Jake's verdict, since his longtime girlfriend, artist Joanna (Susan Floyd), has just called an end to their relationship. Jake, on the other hand, broke up with his wife Mavis (Ellen McElduff) when he decided to abandon his 30-year career as a photographer in pursuit of a (thus far unsuccessful) career as an actor. At first Jake tells Harry he hasn't yet read his new book, but in time he confesses that he has and that, from a literary standpoint, he thinks Harry simply doesn't have the talent to be a success; he also feels hurt and betrayed as a friend that Harry used sensitive moments from Jake's private life as plot points in his novel. Chinese Coffee was Al Pacino's second effort as a film director, following Looking for Richard, his semi-documentary look at staging William Shakespeare's Richard III. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

Al Pacino, An Actor's Vision: Looking for Richard (1996)
A workshop of William Shakespeare's Richard III inspires actor-director Al Pacino's breezy documentary, which aims to make the playwright accessible to contemporary American audiences. Though a noteworthy cast of stage actors and Hollywood stars (including Kevin Spacey, Winona Ryder, and Alec Baldwin) gathers to work on the play, Looking for Richard does not present a straightforward filmed version of the scheming, deformed king's rise and fall. Instead, Pacino turns the cameras on the rehearsal process and his own exploration of Shakespeare's history and meaning. Scenes in full costume alternate with readings in street clothes, while interviews gather the opinions on the Bard of everyone from renowned scholars and Shakespearean actors to random New Yorkers. A trip to England allows brief visits to Shakespeare's birthplace and the Globe Theater, but Pacino's focus remains on the United States and his desire to prove that American actors can act the plays without mimicking their British counterparts. Clearly a labor of love for Pacino, the film benefits from his passionate persona and direct, no-nonsense attitude; while the performances may vary in quality, the film manifests a refreshingly casual, unpretentious, and enthusiastic approach to Shakespeare.

Al Pacino, An Actor's Vision: The Local Stigmatic (1985)
Two working-class Englishmen spend most of their off-hours discussing greyhound racing and Winston Churchill. They also read newspapers, especially the tablioids and society pages. One day, in a bar, they meet a movie star they've read about and proceed (without apparent reason) to savagely beat the man. Al Pacino directs and stars in this drama based on the play by Heathcote Williams. Paul Guilfoyle and Joseph Mayer also star.

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Al Pacino, An Actor's Vision: Babbleonia (2007)
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Al Pacino, An Actor's Vision: Chinese Coffee (2000)
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Al Pacino, An Actor's Vision: Looking for Richard (1996)
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Al Pacino, An Actor's Vision: The Local Stigmatic (1985)
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