Film Response-Dog Day Afternoon

Dog Day Afternoon directed by Sidney Lumet begins with scenery of Brooklyn and moves on to Sonny (Al Pacino) and Sal (John Cazale) talking quietly in a car before entering the bank. The movie proceeds with their attempt to rob the bank as soon as Sal pulls out a gun on one of the employees and no one is aware of what’s happening until Sonny does the same. They resort to keep the employees hostage since the volt was empty and found themselves surrounded by the police. Throughout this situation Sonny receives public support and even from the hostages.

I personally enjoyed this movie it’s comical and irony on the situation in which the robbers and the hostages are in. Sonny, the robber, is nice and even pays for the meals of his hostages. This movie can be considered a New Hollywood film for its content of form of racism or stereotypes such as“one of those Spanish kids” and how the black male hostage whom was released was thought to be one of the robbers and placed against a car even while he sick with asthma. There is also religion such as “the body is the temple of the lord.” says Sal “so you rob a bank but ya keep your body pure” says the hostage when she is about to smoke because she is afraid and we also see it almost at the end of the film when one of the hostages gives Sal a rosary for comfort since it would be his first time on a plane and there is also homosexuality. “Ha ha ha he’s a queer” says a cop and how the radio, TV talks about them as being homosexual robbers. This film along with others showed a more broad and free expression of themes that occur.

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2 Responses to Film Response-Dog Day Afternoon

  1. mariana says:

    Works Cited
    Sickels, Robert. “Storytelling in the New Hollywood: Understanding Classical Narrative Technique. (Book).” Film & History (03603695) 33.1 (2003): 84. Communication & Mass Media Complete. EBSCO. Web. 2 Mar. 2011.

  2. Juan Monroy says:

    I agree that the unconventional humor is part of the appeal of the film. And thanks for including your cited work.

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