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Sidney Lumet’s Prince of the City – A Video Essay

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DEEP FOCUS: PRINCE OF THE CITY: PART ONE from Steven Santos on Vimeo.

A video essay on Sidney Lumet’s seminal 1981 film about police corruption.

Prince of the City is a complex tale of police corruption in the 1970’s adapted from the book by Robert Daley and based on the life of narcotics detective Robert Leuci. Danny Ciello, played in a towering performance by Treat Williams, is an over-confident narcotics detective has skimmed money from criminals for years without it weighing on his conscience. The film’s title refers to his ability to make cases while working mostly unsupervised.

New York based critic-fimmaker Steven Santos. His piece on Prince of the City is split into two parts. It is a visual analysis of Sidney Lumet’s so-called “NYPD films”: Prince of the City, Serpico, Q & A and Night Falls on Manhattan.

Part 2 is after the break.

DEEP FOCUS: PRINCE OF THE CITY: PART TWO from Steven Santos on Vimeo.

Source: Press Play