Steven Bauer (Self)Marlon Brando (Self)John Cazale (Self)Francis Ford Coppola (Self)Werner Eng (Al Pacino)Sarah-Jane Sauvegrain (Narration)
At 81, Al Pacino celebrates a half-century career. In the 1940s, the little Italian-American from the South Bronx imitates in front of a mirror the stars he discovers on the big screen, before the revelation of the theater in a room of his neighborhood. A fan of Marlon Brando, the teenager took on a series of odd jobs before enrolling in the Actors Studio of his future mentor Lee Strasberg. Magnetic face and contained violence, Al Pacino alone embodies the New York of vertigo and fury of the 1970s, as evidenced by "Panic in Needle Park", the film by Jerry Schatzberg (1971), which reveals him as an incandescent junkie. The following year, Coppola installed him in the firmament as Michael Corleone in "The Godfather". In this portrait, Jean-Baptiste Péretié explores the New York of the 1970s in the footsteps of the star.