City Paper is not for tourists
Al Pacino wants you to say hello to his little friend. No, not a grenade-launcher-equipped.50-caliber machine gun, but Oscar—the one Academy Award for Best Actor he won (for Scent of a Woman, no less). Because the little golden guy is lonely: Sure, he’s got plenty of acquaintances—including Pacino’s many BAFTA, Golden Globe, and Emmy awards—to hang out with, but that’s not much consolation when the AFI skips his movie for its 10-film “AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Al Pacino” retrospective. It’s understandable, of course, that classic Pacino films Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, and The Godfather Parts I and II (all of which the actor received nominations for but didn’t win, thank you very much) would make the cut. But when Jerry Schatzberg’s rarely screened Scarecrow gets chosen before Woman, well, that kind of rejection really hurts—even when you’ve got a heart of gold. The series runs through Monday, Sept. 3, at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $9.25. (301) 495-6700; see Showtimes for this week’s films; see afi.com/silver/new/ for a complete schedule.