Film runs Fri, Aug 8 through Thu, Aug 14.
Allison BergFrank Keraudren 2013
USA | Format: DCP | 101 minutes
One week only!
On August 22, 1972, John Wojtowicz attempted to hold up a Chase Manhattan branch in Brooklyn. He went in with two accomplices, one of whom lost his nerve and walked away. Wojtowicz’s objective was to pay for a sex change for his wife, a transvestite named Ernie. The robbery devolved into a 14-hour standoff that magnetized the attention of the neighborhood and then of the entire city, ended tragically for Wojtowicz’s remaining cohort, and landed him in prison for six years. Sound familiar? It should if you’re a movie fan. But if you thought that the events depicted in Dog Day Afternoon were crazy, wait until you see Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren’s portrait of the real motor-mouthed, uncorked Wojtowicz. Every side of the story behind the real robbery is about four times crazier, and the larger story of Wojtowicz’s life is hilarious, hair-raising, and giddily profane, all at once. A Drafthouse Films release.
Don't miss an exhibition of photos by Marcia Resnick, "The Dog Images of a Real Bad Boy," August 6 - 14 in the Furman Gallery.
New York Film Festival, 2013
Toronto International Film Festival, 2013
"I could not turn away" —Jordan Hoffman, Film.com
"One of the most remarkable retellings of someone's life caught on camera in recent years" —Daniel Pratt, Exclaim
Series: NYFF Year Round
Venue: Walter Reade Theater