The Dog

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Saturday, May 17th, 9pm
Kennedy School Theater
This is a 21+ screening
dogMeet John “The Dog” Wojtowicz – a Vietnam vet, bank robber, bisexual polygamist, gay activist and — last but not least — the real-life character behind Sidney Lumet’s 1975 film Dog Day Afternoon.

In a case where truth indeed proves stranger (and more radical) than fiction, Wojtowicz’s actual story proved to be too outrageous and far too queer for even hollywood of the ‘70s to fully commit to the screen. Vulgar, monomaniacal, passionately insightful and possibly dangerous, Wojtowicz is one of the most vivid characters brought to nonfiction cinema in years.

Directors Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren do comprehensive justice to the life and times of their subject by setting interviews from family, loved ones and eyewitnesses against especially well-used and evocative archival footage.  Swinging between shock, poignancy and humor, The Dog gives us a true antihero who challenges our notions of sexual and social identity while making us question the fine and morally troubling line between passion and pathology. And finally, if you think John “The Dog” is an extraordinary character, wait till you meet his mother.

— Donal Mosher

The Dog: Dirs Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren 2013 USA 101 min