Dog Day Afternoon

Dog Day Afternoon ★★★★½

The Fredric Jameson essay on Dog Day Afternoon is a good reading. But one has to wonder whether Dog Day Afternoon's faux-hybrid documentary representations have in their time encouraged 1970s versions of the 1950s nostalgia film; wonder whether Jameson's tracing of the politics of those representations, adequate when the eve of capitalism had not revealed itself as our eclipse, have in their turn led to imitations (or corruptions, rather) by critics who reaffirm and champion the garbage politics and aesthetics of contemporary Hollywood productions. Under a darkened sky, the most impoverished of politicizations is enough.