If anybody is in LA, at the Aero, not a great movie exactly but an interesting one and Pacino with his most-Cassavetes-like performance and with the only time he got to say co-writer Paul Schrader's dialog. Might be interesting to see this, maybe he will talk about his TV show or The Irishman........or Once Upon A Time in Hollywood.
CITY HALL 1996, Warner Bros. , 111 min, Dir: Harold Becker Academy Award winner Al Pacino stars as New York City mayor John Pappas, a populist leader who harbors ambitions for the presidency. Brilliant young strategist Kevin Calhoun (John Cusack) serves as the mayor's idealistic deputy – but their office comes under fire after a shootout between a hero cop and a Mafia-connected drug dealer leaves a small child dead. Also starring Academy Award winner Martin Landau, Bridget Fonda and Danny Aiello, this taut political thriller reveals the dirty little secrets of democracy and the pursuit of power at any price.
I live in North Carolina, but I would pay an entire month's salary to see that Senso/Sandra double feature... I wish I had known about it sooner! I probably would have taken the time off from work and flown out there.
"Yes, I'm drunk. And you're beautiful. And tomorrow morning, I'll be sober, but you'll still be beautiful."
Full interview from the 27th or rather "most of it", Becker unfortunately is inaudible to my old man ears, Pacino you can hear fine, some interesting stories and at 10 minutes he tells a very famous acting joke that apparently no one has ever heard before (wtf) and he laughs his head off. I suppose a part 2 will eventually go up also.
That joke is hilarious...for a second I thought he was setting up the sweet aroma of my mistress one.
I hope someone'd put up the rest... apparently he talked about his upcoming work too, and the American Cinematheque tweeted: "In honor of #worldtheatreday we’re reporting that at our Aero Theatre q&a last night after CITY HALL with Al Pacino and director Harold Becker, Mr. Pacino said he was about to shoot a TV show, but after that maybe he would try to do a stage play in LA! What role should he play?"
Um.........London peeps. What is this sh it? Where's Mattsby?!?! I swear if this is just those Redcoats getting my hopes up to disappoint me like they did with "crisps" (they're just f'n potato chips you Limey's!!!) .........grrrrrrrrr
Acting Toolbox Class this Monday in London at Hiller Studio:
LONDON, April 1- 4, 2019 Acting Toolbox: Special Guests: Producer Barry Navidi “Merchant of Venice” and upcoming “King Lear” with Al Pacino. Barry will tell stories of working with Marlon Brando, plus a special screening of “Wilde Salome” with Al Pacino & Jessica Chastain in her most amazing role, that Barry Produced. Plus + CD Dan Hubbard. Learn the latest film acting techniques and become the actor you must be to succeed
To alter the "Who is it that can tell me who I am" Lear quote - who is it that can tell us when the hell this thing is happening!
That may be Navidi in the next few days at this event. He and Radford last Nov indicated the start date was autumn 2019. That's still possible, I hope he says so - but you'd think that'd be a definite by now instead of a projected start. And if it is, why is Pacino wasting the year doing Axis Sally The Hunt instead of deeply preparing for the ol' thunderer!
Maybe a Spring '20 start, if wacky Al wants to be 80 playing Lear, since that's the assumed age of the character.
I have to find some time in the next few days to watch this. Good to see Harold Becker, I always liked the guy, made some fine movies (and some not so good ones too). Going to be 91 at the end of the year! Sad thing about that whole Vengeance: A Love Story production history. And infuriating. It's true that a lot of times directors don't get better with age, still no need to stop making movies (do you hear me Quentin, despite the fact that you've proved your point with your own filmography, at least in my opinion). It's like the thing that happened to the late Stanley Donen, who only a couple of years ago wanted to make another one, in his late 80s, with a script by Elaine May. Would have loved to see that happening. Ahh. And then Becker, working on that Oates adaptation for about a decade, at one point with Samuel L. Jackson and Dianne Wiest starring, just to get dumped/to choose to leave during pre-production after clashing with the producers about forced budget cuts. The producer is a buddy of the lead Nic Cage, who takes over directing duties. In the end it's being directed by that genius Johnny Martin (who then also went on to work with Pacino on Hangman). Yeah, great decision by those "filmmakers", at the end everybody lost (just going by the critical reception, haven't watched the thing yet, still too angry). Then there also was that Clive Owen thriller Becker was set to direct, Recall, scripted by one Paul Schrader. Of course, again, the Movie Gods were against us.
Leo_The_Last You bring up a great topic, which isn't talked about enough - how older directors, real great talents, are practically discarded from the industry. Not all of them, but a lot.
Peter Medak (did The Changeling and several other good movies) talked about this last year - "As you get older, they have an objection to your age, i.e. 'Oh, he's too old to do this.' What they don't realize is that the older you get, the more you know, because you've done it! It becomes easier. " James Ivory another, just won an Oscar and he can't get funding for a Richard II movie he wants to direct. As for Harold Becker... last November's Q&A after the Sea of Love screening he was asked if he's working on anything new with Pacino who said "We're thinking about a couple of things, we're trying." There isn't any indication what that might be but Pacino has been seen recently together with Becker and Robert Allan Ackerman who directed the God Looked Away play.....now that's something probably ideal for a 90y/o director (tbh Becker seems weakly, but still), adapt a play, a small one location piece, let the writing and acting take the brunt.
Absolutely Mattsby, that's a highly interesting topic and, honestly, I've kind of been obsessed about this for quite some time. There are times when I believe I'm more interested in what projects didn't happen than I am in those that did, and I guess that's not exactly a healthy thing to do 😄
There's the overall topic of 'Projects Never Made' and there are those stories about directors getting old and still trying to be creative, keep going, and it's exactly those stories that make me angry when I think about Tarantino's '10 movies rule'. You probably agree with me here, it's an existential question for a lot filmmakers, to keep that drive alive, they need it, and in most cases a lot of those artists' life, to one degree or another, end with a lot of resentment and bitterness. Billy Wilder or Fred Zinnemann are good examples. They really struggled in their last years and Wilder even in the 1990s talked about how he's going to direct again and he failed and they were really rude to him and he was smart enough to realize that no one took him seriously anymore as an active filmmaker. It maybe sounds pathetic to say, but a lot of those guys died a slow death spiritually.
And this are just the star directors. There are so many more of them, highly talented people, who are in a pretty terrible position. Maybe not monetarily, but, as I've mentioned, I really believe they need that drive to be creative like they need the air to breathe. I've read those Medak interviews too, and he's a great example of this (The Changeling is probably his most accomplished film, but there's the problematic but interesting The Ruling Class, and of course his one-two punch The Krays and Let Him Have It). From time to time I have a look at what he's up for, and then there's an announcement he's doing this or that, another horror project, then that Herzl biopic, and in the end nothing ever happens. And Ivory is talking for years about doing Richard, apparently with Terrio and Hiddleston, and I also was hoping that after his Oscar win he would be able to get it going.
We should really do a separate thread about this some time in the future. I've long wanted to do one, listing people and finding out what they're up for, especially people who may don't have that much time left anymore. The trades and movie sites always only talk about the big guns when it comes to this topic, but there are the Medaks, Beckers, Passers, Bentons, Kaufmans etc. of this world and rarely anyone ever talks much about them. I'm always happy when I see an old guy/gal doing another one, keeps going. Btw, Bertrand Blier just released a new movie starring Depardieu. No idea how good it is, but damn, I'm happy about it.
From time to time I'm working on a list of never made movies, for years actually, and I don't primarily mean those that everyone already knows about mostly, Nostromo etc., but there are literally thousands of interesting 'what-could-have-beens' that no one ever talks about. Maybe I'll post them on this board some time in the future if there's enough interest around. But that would still be a long time away. I'm literally only scratching the surface about those things at the moment.
And hey, thanks for the info about Becker/Pacino/Ackerman, I knew about the play, but had no idea they were also potentially working on something together. The chances might be slim, but it made me happy to hear about that.
Leo_The_Last re Ackerman, it could just be my hopes, but at one point I really thought they'd adapt the project over at HBO or somewhere. One of the actors in the play said something like 'it's an experiment to get audience reaction, but really to get Pacino warmed up for some other place.' And then seeing that Ackerman has made movies/tv with Susan Sarandon, Helen Mirren, Judy Davis (2x), cast one of them in the Judith Light role! Early last year one of the producers said the play was Broadway bound but that doesn't look like it's happening either....
Projects Never Made is a fascinating as well as upsetting topic lol. Megalopolis is a huge one I wish Coppola did (/would do). Speaking of Coppola and Blier........ I just found this great interview from two months ago with Blier about his new movie, he tells a very funny story about his actor father, mentions two upcoming projects he's writing, that Turturro screened the remake for him, and says in the late '70s Coppola asked to work together!! pacinoyesvariety.com/2019/film/global/bertrand-blier-love-most-boring-subject-all-1203111966/
Posting here instead of The Irishman thread bc he really mostly talks about his career and life. Repeats some stories of course but mostly very funny and sharp too...
I love when he asks if there are actors in the room, "Oo, hello brothers and sisters." Couple other things - while talking about TV shows, he mentions Marvelous Mrs Maisel "that girl, I just love her." And The Crown - "beautiful stuff." He says Penelope Allen (under-appreciated actress who worked here and there) has passed away, which I didn't know about - marvelous phone-call scene in Scarecrow, Dog Day Afternoon, and Looking for Richard where she blows everyone outta the water during a great table read moment.
Also something curious with Coppola - he says he has "a scoop" (of? @ellefanning) but then retracts and says well "Something is happening, we'll see... it's not Godfather 4" then when asked directly if he's working with Coppola again he says lightly "No no no, ehhh, I'd rather not say...." Could be about MEGALOPOLIS?