Bringing Out the Dead
First screened in November 1999 / Most recently screened in September 2008
Director: Martin Scorsese. Cast: Nicolas Cage, Patricia Arquette, John Goodman, Ving Rhames, Marc Anthony, Tom Sizemore, Cliff Curtis, Cynthia Roman, Cullen Oliver Johnson, Nestor Serrano, Mary Beth Hurt, Aida Turturro, Arthur J. Nascarella, Phyllis Somerville, Marylouise Burke, Larry Fessenden, voices of Martin Scorsese, Queen Latifah. Screenplay: Paul Schrader (based on the novel by Joe Connelly).

Twitter Capsule: Distressing cardiogram of a modern New York, beset by frenzy and rot. Even more dazzling as style exercise.

VOR:   Mind-blowing lensing. Clearly in dialogue with Taxi Driver, capturing a more accelerated city, less grand in conception and grotesque in its tragedy.

Photo © 1999 Paramount Pictures/Touchstone Pictures

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B+

(in November 1999: A–)

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