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Bad Lieutenant Remake

Joks

over 2 years ago

I think it’s an interesting companion piece to the original, especially when you consider that Ferrara’s version was actually meant to be a black comedy of sorts. Ferrara claims that once Harvey was attached to the project, the humour effectively ‘went out the window’.

except for that glorious scene when the lieutenant shoots his own car radio of course. hahaha.

But once you have seen the original a few times, you begin to see how it could have very well been a comedy. although when i first discovered that i was quite shocked.

I was all geared up to hate the remake but i actually liked it quite a bit, esp on second viewing.

Ben’s point about the visual style is interesting, but there is something ‘off’ about the look of the film i can’t quite put my finger on, and not necessarily in a bad way either. I’ve never seen that part of America portrayed that way in film before. it just looks so damn gloomy, and almost otherwordly(at times).

The film is too long though imo.

Ben Simingt​on

over 2 years ago

Weird. I’ve always viewed the original as a black comedy, but never had any confirmation from Ferrara’s point of view…thanks for the info.

Ben Simingt​on

over 2 years ago

And while this is bumped for the time being, might as well pay homage to one of my favorite pieces of music from any source in 2009.

Just..gorgeous. Bliss indeed. I feel it somehow went a looooooong way in grounding that movie’s many insane threads into anything remotely emotionally approachable.

Matt Parks

over 2 years ago

“Ben’s point about the visual style is interesting, but there is something ‘off’ about the look of the film i can’t quite put my finger on, and not necessarily in a bad way either. I’ve never seen that part of America portrayed that way in film before. it just looks so damn gloomy, and almost otherwordly(at times)”

Yeah, I think it’s a combination of shooting from very close with a wide-angle lens, some unusual lighting set-ups, and some manipulation of color via DI.