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In a refreshingly heartfelt and spontaneous moment at the Golden Globes, Al Pacino, accepting his best actor prize for playing Dr. Jack Kevorkian in "You Don't Know Jack," hailed his director, Barry Levinson, "who did so much for this movie and found an eloquence and did so much for me."

Over the phone from Los Angeles today, Levinson said that Pacino's comments stemmed from his core generosity. "He's a very giving man, and he loves the process of acting. It's his true passion. That's why he's always having readings of stuff; he loves getting actors together. It was great to hear him say what he said because I felt we really connected on this movie. He helped turn the making of a film with a subject that was difficult to handle into a terrific experience." Levinson said that Pacino really got into the community-celebration side of the Golden Globes. At one point the actor left to tuck his kids into bed because they weren't feeling well. But then he returned for the rest of the evening.

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Levinson has an even bigger reason to be proud this month: He is flying out to Sundance to see the premiere of "Another Happy Day" -- the first film directed by his 25-year-old son, Sam Levinson, who also wrote the script.

"Not only did Sundance accept it for the festival," Levinson said, "but they put it in a great slot [Sunday, 3:30 p.m.] and in the big Eccles Theatre." A primal family drama with a sensational cast -- Ellen Barkin, Ezra Miller, Kate Bosworth, Demi Moore, Ellen Burstyn, and Thomas Haden Church -- the movie is set on an upper-crust estate in Annapolis. But where was it filmed?

Barry Levinson, with a rueful laugh, said, "Michigan, where else?

Photo of Barry Levinson and Al Pacino by Chris Pizzello

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