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Oscilloscope to Release Cazale Doc I Knew It Was You on DVD

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood June 22, 2010 at 6:12AM

In acting circles, the late John Cazale was a respected character actor even before he played Fredo in The Godfather and its first sequel and Stan in The Deer Hunter.
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In acting circles, the late John Cazale was a respected character actor even before he played Fredo in The Godfather and its first sequel and Stan in The Deer Hunter.

Adam Yauch's Oscilloscope has acquired the lauded 39-minute HBO Cazale documentary I Knew It Was You for North American DVD distribution. Directed by Richard Shepherd, the film examines the life of the under-appreciated actor who worked with the likes of Al Pacino, Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro, who are interviewed in the film, along with Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Rockwell and Brett Ratner, one of the film's producers. Streep, Cazale's fiance, threatened to quit The Deer Hunder when the producers didn't want to hire Cazale, who was dying of cancer during the filming. De Niro paid to insure him for the film when nobody else would.

The film aims to bring overdue recognition to Cazale, who despite his short resume of five best-picture nominees (he died before the release of The Deer Hunter) had a major influence on those who knew and worked with him. Pacino says in the documentary, “I learned more about acting from John than anybody." Enough said.

The film was produced by Ratner and Stacey Reiss, premiered at Sundance 2009 and aired on HBO on June 1, 2010. Its DVD release is set for the pre-holiday season this year. Here's the trailer:

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.