Al Pacino/Bill Murray/Jack Nicholson: 3 portraits of American actors not to be missed on Arte.TV

Al Pacino/Bill Murray/Jack Nicholson: 3 portraits of American actors not to be missed on Arte.TV
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The channel shares several documentaries on Hollywood stars. Here are three very successful ones.

This Sunday, Al Pacino is in the spotlight on Arte, with the rebroadcast of The Impasse, of Brian DePalma, then a documentary on the actor entitled Al Pacino, the Bronx and the Fury. A very interesting portrait of the American actor, who is not the only one to be highlighted by the programmers. Other Hollywood stars are also entitled to the same treatment: for example, we devoted an article to Tom Cruise Body and Souls, who wonders after what the comedian of Impossible mission (to see before 02/16). Throughout the month of February, two other equally captivating documentaries will be visible on the channel’s website: Dr. Jack and Mr. Nicholson and The Fantastic Mr. Murray. We present them to you below with each time a link to be able to view them.

Impasse is above all a Pacino festival

The Fantastic Mr. Murray (on view until March 1, 2022)

And if the “Prince of Cool” hidden in the background an artist so unpredictable that he can become disturbing? In trying to understand Bill Murray, journalist Stéphane Benhamou quickly finds himself faced with a tenacious mystery. The comedian of Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, Lost in Translation and of course comedies by Wes Anderson is world famous for his phlegm and his existential melancholy. Capable of unforgettable comic flashes since his debut on Saturday Night Live, he also has a dark side, which for example led him to disappear in the mid-1980s to resume studies in secret, in Paris. You want to know more ? So don’t miss this funny portrait, not always flattering towards the actor, but full of surprises.

The Fantastic Mr. Murray can be seen here

Al Pacino, the Bronx and the Fury (on view until April 6, 2022)

In half a century, Al Pacino has built a busy film and theatrical career, notably making a flawless performance in the 1970s: from 1971 (Panic in Needle Park, his first role with Jerry Schatzberg) in 1980 (The hunt), he chained the masterpieces: The Godfather and its sequel, by Francis Ford Coppola, Serpico and A dog’s afternoon, by Sidney Lumet or even Cruising, by William Friedkin, all came out in quick succession. A rare grand slam in Hollywood (at the time, only his buddy Robert De Niro seemed capable of competing with him between MeanStreet, by Martin Scorsese, released in 1973 and Once upon a time in America, by Sergio Leone, on the screens in 1983). The problem is that we don’t chain shootings, however ambitious they may be, without exhausting ourselves. Addicted to various substances from his youth (he grew up in the poor district of the Bronx) prone to depression, Al Pacino thus emerged exhausted from this crazy decade. He was however able to climb the slope, thanks to his thirst for play and his love for Shakespeare.

Watch Al Pacino, The Bronx and the Fury here

Dr. Jack and Mr. Nicholson (on view until June 30, 2022)

What mysteries hide under the most famous carnivorous smile of American cinema? To answer this question, we must go back to the origins of Jack Nicholson’s career, go beyond his three Oscars (for Flight over a cuckoo’s nest, in 1975, tender passions, in 1983 and For worse and for better, in 1997) in order to understand where his taste for non-standard roles comes from, but also to discover a heavy family secret that has haunted him all his life. In order to solve “The Riddle Jack”, Emmanuelle Nobécourt based herself on rare interviews with the person concerned, and was also able to ask a few questions to her biographer Patrick MgGilligan or to the filmmakers Henry Jaglom and Roger Corman. From her career beginnings at the end of the 1985s to her retirement in 2010, she can thus deliver a complete portrait of the“outsider” Nicholas.

Dr. Jack and Mr. Nicholson can be seen here

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