Sunday, June 12, 2011

The genius of actor John Cazale

Godfather 2 is showing on Foxtel tonight. Al Pacino is breathtaking as he transforms into the Godfather but it is the performance of John Cazale as his older brother that always holds my attention.

 John Cazale is one of my favourite actors. In each movie he made John Cazale dazzles with performances of great humanity, integrity and intensity.

Before his premature death in 1978 aged 42, Cazale made just five movies, but all of them stand as among the iconic movies of all time. Cazale had starring roles in the Godfather; Godfather II, Dog Day Afternoon, the Conversation and The Deer Hunter. His influence upon actors such as Al Pacino, Robert De Diro and Meryl Streep was immense.

Cazale was also a legendary stage actor and at the time of his death from cancer was in a long relationship with Meryl Streep, with whom he starred in the Academy award winning movie the Deer Hunter.

A documentary on the life and work of John Cazale titled I Knew it Was You appears regularly on Foxtel and is a magnificent tribute to a fine actor. If you get the chance, watch it and marvel at the brilliance of Cazale's work and the enormous respect that his fellow actors and Directors have for him and his work.

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