Dustin Hoffman photographed in Central Park by JP Laffont, 1972
Serpico (1973) was shot on 104 different locations in every borough of New York City except Staten Island.
Sidney Lumet’ Serpico (1973) is regarded as one of the best ‘cop’ films ever made, and there have been a hell of a lot of terrible ones thats for sure. But really, Serpico is not only a film to be admired for it’s terrific performance from Al Pacino, but also the fact that his depiction is one of a true story.
I’ve always been fascinated by films that involve crime, whether it’s people fighting it or working in it. Serpico is a great film that follows a mans journey through his joining of the NYPD as a young naive recruit to a shady veteran who is paranoid towards people he should be calling his co-workers.
It’s a film that helped define genre’s but far more than that, it’s a great story that ok, at times spends too much time on delivering it’s material, but has a great performance by Pacino and a great direction from Sidney Lumet.
The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what we share with someone else when we’re uncool. - Lester Bangs, Almost Famous (2000)
Lester Bangs: Aw, man. You made friends with them. See, friendship is the booze they feed you. They want you to get drunk on feeling like you belong.
William Miller: Well, it was fun.
Lester Bangs: They make you feel cool. And hey. I met you. You are not cool.
William Miller: I know. Even when I thought I was, I knew I wasn’t.
Lester Bangs: That’s because we’re uncool. And while women will always be a problem for us, most of the great art in the world is about that very same problem. Good-looking people don’t have any spine. Their art never lasts. They get the girls, but we’re smarter.
William Miller: I can really see that now.
Lester Bangs: Yeah, great art is about conflict and pain and guilt and longing and love disguised as sex, and sex disguised as love… and let’s face it, you got a big head start.
William Miller: I’m glad you were home.
Lester Bangs: I’m always home. I’m uncool.
William Miller: Me too!
Lester Bangs: The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what we share with someone else when we’re uncool.
William Miller: I feel better.
Lester Bangs: My advice to you. I know you think those guys are your friends. You wanna be a true friend to them? Be honest, and unmerciful.
Almost Famous (2000)