John Cazale may not be history’s most well-known actor, but he appeared in five films that were all nominated for Best Picture within a six-year period — and a new documentary intends to give him the recognition he deserves.
Cazale left his mark on film history by lending his talents to The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, The Deer Hunter, The Conversation, and Dog Day Afternoon. In total, those films garnered 40 Oscar nominations throughout the 1970s, and became an intrinsic part of what many critics have deemed the last Golden Era of American film.
Although Cazale never took a starring role, several iconic actors and filmmakers make the case in I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale — now out on DVD — that his work is a testament to the fact that you don’t need to be out front to make a significant impact.
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