Serpico (1973)

Rewatching for my The Complete Pacino list.

An excellent demonstration of how to show the passing of a chunk of time without interrupting the flow of the narrative – but of course, it’s Sidney Lumet.

Not your usual heroic cop film with the hero chasing and apprehending the criminals – this is a very different view of police life, and based on a biography of a real person with internal corruption as the theme. Not sure about the soundtrack – sounds like it was taken from a very different film. Some great headwear though.

Pacino’s character’s inner tension explodes now and again, but not in an over-the-top way. Anger, fear, frustration – perfectly generated.


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