USA – 2013 – 100 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY ALLISON BERG & FRANK KERAUDREN
Official selection — Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Berlinale 2014 and SXSW 2014
Coming of age in the 1960s, John Wojtowicz took pride in being a pervert. His libido was excessive even by the libertine standards of the era, with multiple wives and lovers, both women and men.
In August, 1972, he attempted to rob a Brooklyn bank to finance his lover's sex-reassignment surgery. The attempted heist resulted in a fourteen-hour hostage situation that was broadcast on TV. Three years later, Pacino portrayed his character instigating the unforgettable crime on the big screen. The award-winning film had a profound influence on Wojtowicz, when he emerged from prison six years later, he became known as "The Dog."
Filmed over the course of a 10-year period by co-directors Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren, and interweaving extraordinary archival footage on the robbery, 70's era interviews and the early gay liberation movement in which "The Dog" played an active role, the documentary captures the many sides of John Wojtowicz’s larger-than-life persona: he is, by turns lover, husband, soldier, lover, activist, New Yorker, mama's boy and bank robber.
"Sidney Lumet’s Oscar-winning DOG DAY AFTERNOON was based on a true story — and John Wojtowicz doesn’t even try to hide his glee in sharing every juicy, crazed detail in revealing documentary, THE DOG.”
"This fascinating doc looks at the life of John Wojtowicz, whose 1972 attempted robbery of a Brooklyn bank to pay for his male lover’s sex-change operation inspired the Al Pacino film DOG DAY AFTERNOON.”
3 our of 4! “[THE DOG,] Not even Pacino can really play him”
Rating: 9/10 "Now 40 years later, the events of Wojtowicz's dog day afternoon are fleshed out in jaw-dropping detail in THE DOG, a riveting documentary that fills in more than a few gaps of the infamous story."
Rating: Excellent - “…compelling…”
GROLSCH FILM WORKS
"A truly strange story which never gets boring."
GEIST MAGAZINE BLOG
“...THE DOG [is]... a good story with entertaining characters..."
"Sometimes real-life is better than fiction."
"His stories are interesting and entertaining but never assemble into something cohesive or fully developed."
"So outrageous, it could only be a true story."
Interview w directors
“With THE DOG, Berg and Keraudren demonstrate a profound understanding of an exceedingly difficult and abrasive subject, slicing beneath the surface of his boastful exterior to ultimately uncover a more fragile and poignant message about love, loss, and the inevitable passing of time." - Rating: 4/5 stars