One of the most memorable scenes in the movie City Island happens when Andy Garcia, playing an earnest and aspiring blue collar actor, performs his first audition for a movie. He mangles it. The audition is an abysmal failure. But somebody sees something, and for reasons that should only be revealed by seeing the movie, he is offered a second chance. As the film unfolds, we see Garcia 'acting' as true amateur. In a tour de force performance of an actor acting as someone who has never acted before, we see him figuring it out as he goes along - trying, learning, stumbling, recovering, finding his footing and, ultimately, his own rhythm, with consequences that must be seen on the big screen to be appreciated.
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