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I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale (2009)

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A portrait of the acting craft of John Cazale and a tour through the movies that defined a generation.

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John Cazale was in only five films - The Godfather, The Conversation, The Godfather, Part Two, Dog Day Afternoon, and The Deer Hunter - each was nominated for Best Picture. Yet today most people don't even know his name. I KNEW IT WAS YOU is a fresh tour through movies that defined a generation. Written by Reiss, Stacey

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In the days before the internet a popular question to film magazines were, 'what happened to John Cazale?'

People who first saw him in The Godfather films and then see him pop up in Dog Day Afternoon, The Conversation and The Deer Hunter were flummoxed that this brilliant, distinctive looking actor came out from nowhere, appeared in the great films of the 1970s and disappeared.

If John Cazale were still alive now he would be a celebrated actor and likely to have an Oscar and Tony awards under his belt.

Unfortunately Cazale died of cancer by 1978 but he left a legacy in film of his five performances in five films that were all nominated for Best Picture Oscar, three of them winning the Best Picture Oscar.

Actors, friends, family, collaborators discuss John Cazale his life on screen and stage where he was also a celebrated performer. For the first time you get to find out a little more of John Cazale the man and performer.

Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and for his first appearance on screen in a few years, Gene Hackman all reminiscence about him.


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