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19:00 - 22:00 19 March 2013

UrbanLab Films: Dog Day Afternoon (Sidney Lumet, 1975)

Location

Roxy Bar & Screen (link Map)
128-132 Borough High Street | London | SE1 1LB |

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: £4
Ticketing: Ticketed

Dog Day Afternoon is based on the true story of convicted bank robber John Wojtowicz, taking its inspiration from an account of the robbery of the Chase Manhattan Bank, Brooklyn, in a 1972 edition of Life magazine. Lumet’s version of the botched robbery and hostage stand-off with police emphasizes the personal and moral complexities of the event, and the degree of empathy for the robbers displayed by a crowd of on-lookers, echoing wider, anti establishment demonstrations during the later period of the Vietnam war. Al Pacino plays the lead role, creating an iconic anti-hero of 70s urban cinema, and his method acting received wide critical acclaim. But it is precisely the achievements and virtuosity of Pacino’s performance that troubled the Marxist cultural theorist Fredric Jameson, whose political critique of the film will be discussed in an introduction by Dr Robin Wilson (UCL Bartlett School of Architecture).


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Laura Hirst
+44 (0)20 7679 1890 | l.hirst@ucl.ac.uk


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