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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

This week at SFC - Dog Day Afternoon

The Studio Film Club is now screening its films in the front foyer space of building 7.
Food and drink are available courtesy CAFÉ 7.
Our screenings are FREE and all are welcome.

Doors open 7:30 - Film starts 8:15 pm.

You are welcome to stay late for our weekly post Film Club lime... Food, Drinks and Music.

This week we present actor Al Pacino in his academy nomination performance for the movie Dog Day Afternoon.
In it he plays a ferocious and fed-up bank robber whose plan to rob the local bank to fund his male lover's sex-change goes absurdly wrong.
Director Sidney Lumet crafts his classic film by balancing suspense, violence, and humor.

"Dog Day Afternoon"/Sidney Lumet/1975/140mins/USA

Based on a true 1972 story, Sidney Lumet's 1975 drama chronicles a unique bank robbery on a hot summer afternoon in New York City. Shortly before closing time, scheming loser Sonny (Al Pacino) and his slow-witted buddy, Sal (John Cazale), burst into a Brooklyn bank for what should be a run-of-the-mill robbery, but everything goes wrong, beginning with the fact that there is almost no money in the bank. The situation swiftly escalates, as Sonny and Sal take hostages; enough cops to police the tristate
area surround the bank; a large Sonny-sympathetic crowd gathers to watch; the media arrive to complete the circus; and police captain Moretti (Charles Durning) tries to negotiate with Sonny while keeping the volatile spectacle under control. When Sonny's lover, Leon (Chris Sarandon), tries to talk Sonny out of the bank, we learn the robbery's motive: to finance Leon's sex-change operation. Sonny demands a plane to escape, but the end is near once menacingly cool FBI agent Sheldon (James Broderick)
arrives to take over the negotiations.


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