Drafthouse Films presents THE DOG which is a film directed By Allison Berg & Frank Keraudren. The themes include: 'Lover. Husband. Soldier. Activist. Mama's Boy .Bank Robber.'
Basically this documentary is a coming of age in the 1960s, it's been said more times than one that, "John Wojtowicz' libido was unrestrained even by the libertine standards of the era, with multiple wives and lovers, both women and men."
Did you know? In August 1972, he attempted to rob a Brooklyn bank to finance his lover's sex-reassignment surgery, resulting in a fourteen-hour hostage situation that was broadcast live on television.
Yep, this is the story behind the man that inspired Al Pacino's legendary role in the Oscar-nominated Dog Day Afternoon. Three years after the incident, John was depicted by Al Pacino as “Sonny,” and his crime immortalized in one of the most iconic New York movies of all time, Dog Day Afternoon.
Here what people are saying about the film:
- “The best documentary about a human being ever made” -- Next Projection
- “Surprisingly sad portrait of a sexually liberated man held captive by his past, forever chasing and trying to rewrite his own legend ” -- Variety
According to press specs the film had a reflective influence on Wojtowicz (who pronounced his name "Woto-wits"), and when he arose from a six-year prison sentence, he was known by his self-imposed nickname: "The Dog."
What can you expect from this film: Portraying odd archival footage, the film waddles between the 1970s and the 2000s. Moving upon the sexual revolution of the 1970s, viewers gain a first-hand perspective on New York's historical gay liberation movement in which Wojtowicz played an active role. In later footage, he remains a revolutionary force, backed by the unconditional love and headstrong wit of his mother Terry. Look forward to the hows and whys of the bank robbery being reenacted in attention-grabbing detail by Wojtowicz and various spectators.
Did you know? Press specs state that Directors Allison Berg & Frank Keraudren began filming The Dog in 2002. Most film researchers and spectators view John as lovable, maniacal, heroic and self-destructive. The good and bad qualities within us all.
Profane and passionate, The Dog makes no apologies for being who he and this iconic quote says it all: "Live every day as if it's your last and whoever doesn't like it can go f*ck themselves and a rubber duck." This film is definitely a message movie, so controversial dating back to New York's historical gay liberation movement.
Be sure to watch the trailer on YouTube here. THE DOG will also be in theaters August 8, 2014 and On-Demand August 15, 2014.