Maria Düster breaks down the Al Pacino aesthetic.
Al Pacino is one of the most legendary actors living today – from popularizing the use of method acting to creating some of the most iconic movie characters of all time, his impact is immeasurable and undeniably powerful. The only thing more important than his talent, passion, and influence? His beauty!
For literally no reason, I have decided to examine a selection of Al Pacino’s filmography purely through the lens of physical objectification – enjoy!
Bobby Deerfield (1977) dir. Sydney Pollack
I think youtube user sochuiwon khapai sums up this movie perfectly:
This movie is not good. However, Al Pacino plays a famous daredevil race car driver with a great head of hair and suave sense of style. What more could we ask for?
…And Justice For All (1979) dir. Norman Jewison
Al plays an incorruptible lawyer who is trying to reform the criminal justice system while having to deal with a haunting past of clients he has failed. Good film, but more importantly, he sure does look good in a well-tailored suit!
Dog Day Afternoon (1975) dir. Sidney Lumet
Dog Day Afternoon centers around a petty criminal named Sonny who robs a bank, only to find it’s not as easy as it looks (shocking). As plans go awry and we learn more about the motives of the robbery, the film provides a fascinating character study of the lengths people will go to in order to obtain what they want.
Scarface (1983) dir. Brian De Palma
Tony Montana (not to be confused with Hannah Montana) is not everyone’s cup of tea – he’s violent, morally defunct, and a misogynist – but there’s something about him that earns him a rightful spot on this list.
The two images above remind me that there are higher powers at work and they love us!!
Serpico (1973) dir. Sidney Lumet
He goes from this (young, handsome, an honest Italian man)…
… to THIS (top grade zaddy™ material) …
I never knew I needed to see Al Pacino with facial hair until this film – life-changing!
(Also a really great movie – deals with the issues of police corruption, crime, and prejudice.)
The Godfather Part One and Two
The most difficult decision I have ever had to make is whether Al Pacino is hotter in the first or second Godfather film. Let’s review our two options:
The Godfather (1972) dir. Francis Ford Coppola
The thirty minutes Al Pacino is exiled to Sicily are arguably the most important thirty minutes in cinematic history (relating to hotness). Please look at the following to fully understand my argument:
As Michael’s character develops over the course of the film and moves from innocent son to the patriarch of the Corleone family, his physical appearance changes to match this.
Michael in the beginning, a young patriotic and honest man:
Michael towards the end of the film, renouncing Satan while simultaneously murdering multiple people and committing unforgivable crimes:
Still hot, though!
The Godfather Part II
At the end of the first film, Michael still possesses some redeeming qualities. By the end of the second … yikes!
Our first shot of Michael, still looking fairly similar to his younger self, though definitely hardened by tragedy and the burden of Mafia leadership:
If you thought things were looking up for Michael at the end of the first film, the second one is like getting hit by a train!
I would describe Michael’s look in the second movie as “slowly dying inside, all life and humor draining slowly as more betrayal reveals itself and all those who love him leave”.
Final decision: While we love innocent floppy-haired Michael in the first movie, coming-into-his-own-power Michael in Part II is 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥
Here are some other honorable mentions:
Godfather Part II officially takes the cake, but literally any film starring Al Pacino filmed before 1990 is guaranteed to be visually stunning! Happy watching!!