Friday, June 22, 2007
"Chinese Coffee puts me at peace" says Harry Levine, in the film Chinese Coffee. This film was presented at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2003, followed by a Q&A with Al Pacino. It sold out in moments of the box office opening. I could not get a ticket. It has been in my Netflix queue ever since. It was finally released to DVD this week. This play by Ira Lewis, is brought to screen, directed by, and starring Pacino. Jerry Orbach and Pacino play struggling writer friends in an evening confrontation over Harry's (Pacino) latest book. Jake (Orbach) rails that this book is stolen from his life, and exploits it for profit. Harry needs the money. The writing and the acting is this film are outstanding. An hour and a half of amazing delivery of prose, is a pleasure to watch. Pacino and Orbach are true artists.