by Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Friday 4 October 2013

‘They spread their hands apart, looking sorrowful’, so goes a line in The Snack Thief. In the accompanying notes to the novel, Andrea Camilleri went on to explain helpfully that this gesture ‘expresses helplessness and resignation to fate’ and is often used by Italian Americans, including Al Pacino in many movies. Which then made us realize that Al Pacino really is the spitting image of cinematic sadness.