The Public Eye

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The main virtue of screenwriter Franklin's debut as director is Pesci's portrayal of Weegee, the famous low-life tabloid photographer of urban disaster, lightly concealed as Bernstein, The Great Bernzini. Watching this isolated character in his nocturnal environment, cursing and kicking corpses into patterns for the shot, seeing the scene freeze into black-and-white for the famous photo - this is the heart of the film. When we track the uncouth artist to a publisher where his work is rejected again, leaving his ego undented, veterans may be reminded of the painter Gulley Jimson in The Horse's Mouth, with the swearing left in. Pesci is unstoppably on throughout. Both the tentative romance with nightclub-owner Kay Levitz (Hershey) - though finely played - and the plot, which concerns a government gas-rationing scandal, seem uneasily grafted on in an attempt to qualify for film noir, though Bernstein does get an incredible live action shot out of it. Good dialogue, nice period recreation, great performances.

Release details

Duration: 99 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Howard Franklin
Screenwriter: Howard Franklin
Cast: Joe Pesci
Barbara Hershey
Stanley Tucci
Jerry Adler
Jared Harris
Richard Riehle

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Kev McC

This film is for real photographers, and if you ain't one, you won't know what I'm talking about. You understand and sypathise with Bernzy and also want to get up and take similar pictures. Inspiring.

Kev McC

This film is for real photographers, and if you ain't one, you won't know what I'm talking about. You understand and sypathise with Bernzy and also want to get up and take similar pictures. Inspiring.