Monday, January 30, 2023

Two decades before ‘Hunters,’ Al Pacino was a racist Jew with AIDS in this classic HBO miniseries that earned him his first Emmy Award.

final release of al pacino is not a movie, Nazi Hunters is season 2 of the Amazon Prime Video series ‘Hunters’. However, this is not the first time that the actor has featured in a series… Was in the main cast of ‘Angels in America’ 20 years agoOne of the best HBO miniseries.

Released in December 2003 (here we saw it via Extinction Canal+), the series was loosely based on the play (biologically) of the same name (titled Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Anthems), which followed six New Yorkers whose lives intersected in the mid-1980s. in the center of the frame There was the AIDS epidemic, homosexuality and the Reagan era,

One of those characters was an actual figure: Roy Kohn, a rogue Jewish lawyer (known for working closely with Senator McCarthy), who suffers from AIDS. The character was portrayed by Al Pacino for the occasion, a role that won him his first Emmy, for Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Made for Television.

Kohn was, so to speak, one of the various faces with which Tony Kushner (‘Munich’) wanted to explore his vision of AIDS in the play (and its adaptation). We’ll also meet Pryor (Justin Kirk), who was in an advanced stage of the disease and who starred in the craziest plotline of the series being visited by an angel (Emma Thompson).

Little more than striking credits in the middle of HBO’s golden age

Twenty years ago, HBO preferred to make miniseries with more than mighty credits. Perhaps because of the names involved, it was sold as a hbo movie Despite originally airing in two parts—Millennium Approach and Perestroika, conforming to the theatrical structure—and later edited into episode six,

Although there was an obvious anachronism in the series, such as the name Emma Thompson or Meryl Streep already stood out with their own light In a cast, although it was solvent, very few of the known faces were made. Some of them, in fact, we’ll see later in some notable series from that decade.

is a matter of Mary Louise Parker and Justin Kirk n ‘weeds’; One Patrick Wilson We could see him in season 2 of ‘Fargo’; ben shenkman Years later he would star in ‘Royal Pains’, while jeffrey wright We’ve seen him recently in ‘Westworld’. Outside of those credits, it was more common to see him as a secondary.

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But not only in the cast we had names of a certain magnitude. mike nichols was at the address, Best Director Oscar winner for “The Graduate” (and won an Emmy for HBO for his previous telemovie “Wit”). own Tony KushnerSteven Spielberg’s head screenwriter (upcoming ‘The Fabbelmans’) was hired to write the television script for his play.

With these credits, of course the interest on the series portion must, at least, be taken into account as an option. And this he does in his golden ageWhen the trinity formed by ‘The Wire’, ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘Six Feet Under’ attracted the attention of both critics and the most demanding public.

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‘Angels in America’ It’s fascinating how he moves his subjects, Where the main ingredients of American society are mixed, especially from that time (conservatism, religion, etc.) and they are placed face to face with the protagonist frustrated, almost resigned to the situation.

is one great work whose adaptation wants to be very dramatic instead, Not only in its staging and its sets, but also with its dialogues and even the use of monologue (basically it closes with one). Also the fact that different actors take on more than one role leads us to that assumption.

it forms the chain of tandem formed by all Kushner and Nichols are practically an unusually artistic work, “Angels in America” is a compelling work that deserved all the Emmy Awards it was eligible for (including Best Miniseries), a fact that only two other series have achieved (“Schitt’s Creek” and “The Crown’).

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