I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale (2009)
John Cazale's resume as a film actor isn't long, but it's distinguished. Cazale appeared in five feature films, and each one received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture, while three of them -- The Godfather, The Godfather Part II and The Deer Hunter -- won the category. Al Pacino, who made three films with Cazale, considered him one his finest acting partners, and many film buffs cite Cazale as one of the best actors of his generation. But Cazale was thirty-seven years old before making his film debut after distinguishing himself in the New York theater community, and shortly after completing work on The Deer Hunter, cancer claimed his life in the spring of 1978. I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale is a short documentary celebrating the life and art of Cazale, featuring clips from his memorable performances and interviews with friends, colleagues and fans, including Meryl Streep (who was also Cazale's wife), Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Gene Hackman, Francis Ford Coppola, Sidney Lumet, Steve Buscemi, Philip Seymour Hoffman and many others. I Knew It Was You was an official selection at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. … More
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Critic Reviews for I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale
The film is as bright and largely superficial as the DVD's Oscilloscope packaging.
Richard Shepard profiles this actor's actor, a New York stage veteran who worked with and earned the respect of some of the greatest actors of his generation...
This is an extraordinary work; it runs just under 40 minutes, but the devotion, adoration, love and joy expressed here is clear and true.
Audience Reviews for I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale
PEOPLE! it's on youtube: http://youtu.be/nWUiJYQfIXg yeah it's a total puff piece but if anyone deserved it, he didMore
Many contemporary filmgoers might have no idea who John Cazale was, so this very short documentary gives insight to the man by those who knew him best; Al Pacino, Robert Deniro, Francis Ford Coppola, Sidney Lumet, Gene Hackman and most of all, Meryl Streep. Noted for being in only 5 films, all which have become classics, he was never nominated for any awards. His role in Dog Day Afternoon as the nervous, "finger on the trigger" accomplice is a contrast to Fredo from The Godfather, but just as memorable.
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