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Pacino: An Actor's Vision (Chinese Coffee / Looking for Richard / The Local Stigmatic)


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  • Actors: Al Pacino
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: June 19, 2007
  • Run Time: 321 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A9QK50
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,665 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Pacino: An Actor's Vision (Chinese Coffee / Looking for Richard / The Local Stigmatic)" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

The Al Pacino Boxset Collection includes: *Chinese Coffee *Looking for Richard *Local Stigmatic *Bonus Disc (Babbelonia)

Customer Reviews

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In this film adaptation of the drama, Pacino recreates his performance and also directs.
iLLMATiC81
That doesn't mean its a bad thing or a good thing, we just didn't get this movie.
Antonio Sanders

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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful By iLLMATiC81 on September 13, 2005
Format: DVD
THIS IS BASICALLY A COLLECTION OF THREE FILMS DIRECTED

BY AL PACINO IN WHICH HE ALSO STARS:

THE FOLLOWING IS THE LIST OF THE 3 FILMS INCLUDED AND SOME

PLOT INFORMATION.

A COLLECTION OF PACINOS BEST FILMS? ABSOLUTELY NOT

JUST A COLLECTION OF FILMS HE HAS DIRECTED

4-DVD set includes bonus disc with featurettes and other special features.

Three films directed by and starring one of the most adventurous talents of the modern screen era. Includes The Local Stigmatic (1990, 56 mins.), a disturbing drama about a pair of working-class Brits who administer a senseless beating to a famous film star. The Chinese Coffee (2000, 99 mins.) stars Pacino and the late Jerry Orbach in a drama about a frustrated middle-aged writer who nervously uses his close friend as a sounding board. Finally, Looking for Richard (1996, 109 mins.) is a light-hearted documentary on the staging of Shakespeare's Richard III. The film captures rehearsals, backstage conversations, and more to offer an eye-opening view of the theatre.

Looking for Richard:

PLOT DESCRIPTION

A workshop of William Shakespeare's Richard III inspires actor-director Al Pacino's breezy documentary, which aims to make the playwright accessible to contemporary American audiences. Though a noteworthy cast of stage actors and Hollywood stars (including Kevin Spacey, Winona Ryder, and Alec Baldwin) gathers to work on the play, Looking for Richard does not present a straightforward filmed version of the scheming, deformed king's rise and fall. Instead, Pacino turns the cameras on the rehearsal process and his own exploration of Shakespeare's history and meaning.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By T. Gilchrist on October 10, 2010
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I was never a big Pacino fan until I stumbled on the documentary "Looking for Richard" in its limited theatrical release back in 1996. I'd read the play in school and it had affected me enough that I wanted another way to penetrate it, but doubted I'd ever really be able to, not without standing up to my English Major friends, some of whom are now teachers, and admitting "I don't entirely get this". So, walking alone past a small theater, seeing Al Pacino of all people on a poster in contemporary clothing, presuming to offer up a way into this material made me say "why not?"

Lo and behold, everything I'd felt about the story of King Richard, and all the doubts about penetrating Shakespeare's dramas turned out to be exactly what this movie is about. If you've had that same attraction to Shakespeare but always felt somewhat at arm's length, then perhaps you'll feel as I did upon seeing Looking for Richard: "Wow...Al Pacino made this movie for me." The opening sequence says it very clearly...Pacino approaches the footlights about to start the play and finds only one person in the audience, William Shakespeare, staring him down with a look that says "You??? You're gonna examine my play?" Pacino's self effacing reaction transfers directly to the viewer..."Yes, me. I'm gonna try. Why not me?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sherin Farouk Gad on June 24, 2008
Format: DVD
This set contains three works for Al Pacino that serve as an excellent insight into Al Pacino's art: Chinese Coffee, Looking Richard and Local Stigmatic. It is a proof how this man can be considered a real and superb artist. The commentary made by Al himself is a very usful one. I enjoyed it so much.

The fourth DVD is an inteview with Al. He talks about everything related to the art of acting, his background and his works.

If you love this living legend, you have to watch this set that tells you how great an artist he is.

I am very I own this set.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cosmoetica on September 10, 2008
Format: DVD
Watching the 2000 film, Chinese Coffee, starring and directed by Al Pacino, I smiled because, yet again a film proved to me the utter primacy of the written word over the moving image, even in an art form that would not exist without pictures. The film is based upon a play written by Ira Lewis, who did the screenplay as well, and, given the superb and realistic dialogue uttered by the two main characters, Harry Levine (Pacino) and Jake Manheim (Jerry Orbach), the play seems likely to be a great one.
Yet, the filmic aspects of the movie are almost nil. Pacino's direction is not awful, merely bad. In so many ways this film would have been much better had it followed the My Dinner With Andre route. Proof? I can still visualize the scene in the Louis Malle film where Andre tells Wally about being buried alive in the Polish woods. So what? Well, the scene was never filmed, merely described to the viewer via the words of Andre Gregory to Wallace Shawn. Now, contrast that with the numerous pointless camera angles and even pointless flashbacks that add nothing to this film, and the difference is clear. Even worse is the sometimes frenetic use of cuts that Pacino employs whenever Harry and Jake speak. We do not need to see close-ups for every syllable. Long shots that captured their whole body, and even shots from behind, where tone and inflection could take primacy, would have been a welcome addition. Pacino should have relied more on cinematographer Frank Prinzi's experience to dictate how the scenes would be filmed. The film's score, by Elmer Bernstein, is adequate- not too distracting nor too telegraphic. The low budget film also fails when it tries to show, in flashbacks, the younger pair of men, with Pacino sporting a bad wig and Orbach's hair atrociously dyed.
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