Religion and Rage: A Short Guide to Martin Scorsese's filmography
Scorsese’s full-length debut is a rough, energetic exploration of the life of a young American of Italian descent. The hero Harvey Keitel fights with his own conscience and is torn…

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No one pity, life is a big dump: Review of the second season of the series “End *** th world”
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Would you be a man, Randolph

Lionel Essrog is an eccentric man with a wonderful memory, suffering from Tourette’s syndrome, because of which he shouts ridiculous curses and is always obsessed with little things. As a child, the bloodhound Frank Minna took him and three more orphans under his wing, and now they work together in a detective agency and help jealous wives convict spouses of treason. When Frank is killed in one of the cases, which is more important than the search for mistresses, the only one who is ready to investigate the death of a mentor is Lionel. He used to be a sidekick and didn’t climb on the rampage, but now the man was left alone with the predatory streets of New York. And uncontrolled impulse to tell nasty things to their inhabitants.

Frame from the film “Orphan Brooklyn”
Edward Norton conceived his dream project in the late 90s. Since then, he managed to make a full-length debut with Ben Stiller, to become famous as a rebel and proofreader of scripts, and even to voice the Jewish bagel from “Full Foolish”. But still, after two decades, the restless actor was able to achieve the long-awaited goal: he found the right budget, independently adapted the script, changing the chronotope of the original novel by Jonathan Lethem (instead of the 80s – the gloomy 50s), and assembled an impressive caste with Defoe, Willis and Baldwin . And by himself in the role of a charming neurotic hero, of course.

Frame from the film “Orphan Brooklyn”

Although Norton made the first film back in 2000, his new work is fully consistent with the ideas about the debut of an ambitious director. In his neo-noir, he highlights not serious heroes, but freak investigators who sit in smoke-filled offices and carry out meaningless orders from wealthy New Yorkers. Lionel is helped (or at least pretended to help) by the stupid fat man Gilbert, the cowardly Danny and macho Tony, who even after the tragedy continues to have an affair with Frank’s bitchy wife (by the way, when she finds out about her husband’s death, she’s angry that he left a shitty legacy ) An esrog, shouting obscenity about his chest, among them like a knight on a white horse.

Already in this amusing contrast, Norton’s desire to shake up the genre, not with total deconstruction, but with small vivid details, is seen. Indeed, in addition to the not-so-neonarious type of Lionel and his defiant behavior in the framework of a serious detective story, even the character of Randolph’s antagonist performed by Baldwin, a cruel capitalist businessman, looks surprisingly multifaceted. Norton avoids an atmosphere of stuffy political noir. Each frame is an attempt to hypertrophy the technique of the best representatives of the genre in order to make more expressive, emotional and voluminous not only the story, but also the image: from the subjective camera to the complex change of focus within the scene.

Frame from the film “Orphan Brooklyn”
But because of the desire to echo the classics, the genre component is gradually beginning to prevail over Norton’s enthusiasm. Strange heroes and comic situations are blocked by the melancholy jazz and the mournful voice of Tom York, the oppressive atmosphere of gloomy streets and issues of social injustice. The farther into the forest, the more Trump: it may seem that the phrase about the creation of a great America, which Moses Randolph voiced from the rostrum at the beginning of the film, is just a coincidence. Fortunately, lovers of complex political metaphors, this replica after his next villainy will maliciously remind of himself. In a sense, Norton’s extravagant and extraordinary film with its unusual images and situations, the seriousness of pure neo-noir and all the more rude political slogans are completely in the face.

It seems that the director is afraid to rewrite conventional history and at the end allows the genre to dictate terms. Good has won, evil has been exposed, capitalists are bad, poor areas are good: the simple arithmetic of the beaten canon works if all characters are smoothed out and the figurative system is reduced to two extremes. But the characters that Norton and Lethem created were initially too ambiguous for such obvious conclusions, they are closely within the framework of the genre, obliging to work on a sketchy arch of characters. And although this is still not the worst outcome, it’s a shame that Norton replaced the New York jazz improvisation with a record on a scrambled old record.

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