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When Love Evolves into Insanity A Film Analysis on Dog Day Afternoon Based on a true story Dog Day Afternoon takes place on a on hot summer day in Brooklyn New York The 1975 film directed by Sidney Lumet starts off when Sonny Wortzik Al Pacino Sal John Cazale and another accomplice not important decide to rob a bank At first the three gentlemen seem to rob the bank out of pure greed however as the film unfolds their reasons became evident Throughout the film the bandits express their emotions after the robbery goes soar becoming a hostile stand off As a result their motive for robbing the bank are discovered and a theme is revealed love versus insanity Furthermore Sonnys relationship between the other characters become relevant in defining the theme as he is looked upon differently by each character Dog Day Afternoon includes many different groups of people who reacted both positively and negatively to Sonnys actions At the start of the robbery he is naturally feared by the hostages Despite the fact his plan falls apart as one of his accomplices decides to leave This then causing him to panic and Sonny starts to struggle with the robbery As a result of seeing Sonnys incompetence the bank employee attempt to fool him by giving him marked bills Surprisingly Sonny is not fooled and shows that he has much knowledge of the bank This incident clearly shows stereotyping by the employees and demonstrate that first impressions mean a great deal When the employees observed Sonnys incompetence they assumed that his was ignorant Crowds began to form outside the bank as the police inevitable got involved Headed by Detective Eugene Moretti Charles During the police set their posts Not only did they have to take control of the robbery but they also had to neutralize the excited crowd Moretti starts to negotiate with Sonny finally convincing him to come out and talk
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