Al Pacino, in my humble opinion, is one of the greatest actors to ever live. He has given us so many iconic performances from his incredible turn as Michael Corleone to Tony in Scarface and the Colonel in Scent of A Woman.
Pacino was born in East Harlem to Italian American parents. His childhood and adolescence was difficult, with his mother and grandfather dying when he was only twenty two. But Pacino had a hunger to be a performer, and first attended the High School of Performing Arts and then the Actor’s Studio. There he trained to be a method actor under Charlie Laughton and Lee Strasberg.
He would make his stage debut in Clifford Odets’ Awake and Sing! and made his film debut in Me, Natalie (1969). But it would be The Godfather which would launch his career and worldwide stardom. He would go on to win two Tony Awards, an Oscar, a BAFTA, four Golden Globes and many others. He would also be nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar four times.
It is difficult to really know how wide Al Pacino’s influence as an actor and cultural icon has been over the last fifty years. But what I do know is that his career has been and is one of the most fascinating in the film industry.
So I am therefore hosting a Blogathon dedicated to Mr Pacino at a time that coincides with the 45th anniversary of The Godfather Part II.
- Pacino has had a very long career and so his filmography is very impressive. Because of this, I will be allowing only two duplicates per entry, and three posts per participant. Please only submit new work, as I won’t be accepting any posts written previously.
- You can write about anything you like pertaining to his film career, television appearances he’s made, books written about him and his friendships and relationships with his fellow film stars etc.
- I will not be allowing any disparaging posts about Pacino. This blogathon is dedicated to his life and work and I want to celebrate him, so let’s please keep things nice and not write anything derogatory or defamatory about him.
- The blogathon is being held on the 18th, 19th and 20th of December, 2019. Please submit your entries either before or by that date. If you find that you need a little extension, let me know.
- Please take one of the banners and put it somewhere on your site to promote the blogathon. I’d also very much appreciate it if you included one of the banners in your post for the blogathon.
- And most importantly, let me know what you would like to write about for the blogathon, by either commenting on this post, emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org, contacting me on twitter @noir_or_never. Please include the name of your blog and a link to it, as I don’t really want to act as an amateur sleuth and hunt for you! Please tell me your twitter handle as well so I can promote everything on there. If you don’t have a blog, that’s totally fine, just send your entry onto me and I’ll post it for you.
- Please check the participation list below to see what everyone else is covering and which subjects have been claimed twice.
- I very much hope that you will join me and that you will enjoy writing all about wonderful Pacino!
Pale Writer: My five favourite Al Pacino performances and Scent of A Woman (1992).
Vinnieh: Heat (1995).
Darren: Carlito‘s Way (1993).
Poppity Talks Classic Films: Cruising (1980)
Realweemidget Reviews: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019)
The Midnite Drive In: The Godfather Part II (1974)
Words Seem Out of Place: Sea of Love (1989)
Maddy Loves Her Classic Films: Frankie and Johnny (1991) and Scent of a Woman (1992)