The Panic in Needle Park


Dir. Jerry Schatzberg (1971).
Fashion photographer Jerry Schatzberg’s dope opera, an American art film that would have found its natural home in a 42nd Street grind house, introduced Al Pacino his film debut as a hustler-junkie-a force of nature. Relative neorealism and an open ending weren’t unusual in 1971, but The Panic in Needle Park is unusually sordid and filled with cherce “Fun City” locations.

Mon., Feb. 21, 1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:45 & 10 p.m., 2011