It is with sadness that we learn of the passing of James Caan at the age of 82. One of the best american actors everwho was able to fill the screen without too much effort being noticed in the process, and managed to give a special charisma to every character that has passed through his hands.
Leading roles, secondary roles… Everything was worth to Caan and he turned everything into gold. And he even helped some filmmakers, like Wes Anderson, launch their careers. His contribution to cinema is enormous, and today we try to condense it into three essential films that can be seen in streaming.
‘The Godfather’ (‘The Godfather’, 1972)
Address: Francis Ford Coppola. Distribution: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, John Cazale.
The job many will remember him for is as Sonny Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola’s epic drama. A role that gave him an Oscar nomination and definitely launched his career. It’s not bad to make your mark on such a dazzling excellent film that Marlon Brando and Al Pacino are dominating the show. Y if you make an impression in one of the best movies in history, that’s enough to be eternally remembered.
See on Amazon Prime Video and on Filmin | Criticism in Espinof
‘Thief’ (‘Thief’, 1981)
Address: Michael Mann. Distribution: James Caan, Tuesday Weld, Willie Nelson, James Belushi, Robert Prosky.
For many this will truly be the role for which Caan will be remembered, and for which he is anchored at the pinnacle of performance art. His dedication to bringing this consummate professional thief to life was such that he was learning the trade as much as possible – a little also at the request of Michael Mann. His electric charisma fully propels a brilliant and hard-hitting filmwhich contains all the keys to one of the best filmmakers of all time.
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Address: Rob Reiner. Distribution: Kathy Bates, James Caan, Frances Sternhagen, Richard Farnsworth, Lauren Bacall.
Another of his most important roles was in one of the best adaptations of Stephen King to the big screen. The dedicated interpretation of him as one of the protagonists who drink the most from the essence of the writer manages to emotionally anchor the psychosis and the psychological disturbance that this complex novel emanates. Rob Reiner’s film is especially remembered for the masterful performance of Kathy Bates, although Caan is an important part of the film’s success.
See on Amazon Prime Video, on Filmin and on Movistar+ | Criticism in Espinof