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    Sep 15 2020

    The New Classics: The Wolf of Wall Street

    ByMichael Cusumano

    Scene: Quaaludes
    It’s difficult not to lapse into hagiography when talking about Scorsese so I will simply say this and attempt to reign in the fawning as best I can: As much as anyone in the medium’s history he understands that the power of film isn’t in the text. It’s not in constructing an argument like an essay or a speech. It's in the images.

    Like all of Scorsese’s period pieces,华尔街之狼covers mountains of information in its headlong dash through the years, but what makes these films great are the moments when they distill all that material into a memorable frame. The technical gambling know-how makes you buy into the world ofCasino,但它是一个鲁莽的莎朗·斯通的开销镜头使其在赌桌下雨的芯片,叶对观众的标志......

    So what images does华尔街之狼leave you with?

    Well, this one should bubble to the surface whenever someone says the problem with Wall Street is over-regulation:

    再有就是这里面总结了心态金融崩溃是由:

    But for my money the image that most captures the heart and soul ofWolf of Wall Street是这个:

    I truly believe five minutes of a spasmodic, drooling Leonard DiCaprio writhing and dragging his way to his luxury car is more effective than five hours of anti Wall Street documentaries bulging with charts and doomsayer talking heads.

    An insidious problem with films like华尔街要么Margin Call(这是极好的,不要误会)是,即使他们筑起了受试者的行为,他们不禁咒骂的情况下,但为他们的能力的情况下。戈登壁虎可能是完全没有良心或顾忌,但他不是一个疯子。他是“在房间里大人”之一。他要系统扭到他的好处,肯定的,但他不会将其夷为平地。

    Not so withWolf。你看金融炙手可热的乔丹·贝尔福特浪费超越了所有的运动功能,直冲下来自己楼梯,和人们不禁纳闷联交所如何结束一单生意一天不打落到海里的。

    I’ve seen interviews with Michael Douglas where he is surprised anyone regards华尔街’sGordon Gekko as a role model. I’m baffled how he can be baffled. Gekko draws worshippers because the visual that lasts in the viewer’s mind is that of a colossus standing before a rapt crowd, a beautiful woman at the end of one arm, a microphone the other, and both arms clad in a suit that costs more than your first year of college. Gekko gets his comeuppance at the end, but those are the vegetables one eats in order to assuage the guilt of indulging in all that sweet, sweet power fantasy. Audiences never have any difficulty spotting them and leaving them on the plate.

    Wolf of Wall Streetdoesn’t bother with the vegetables. It’s all dessert. No pretending sin can't be fun and that temptation isn’t tempting. Which is not to say the director and writer Terence Winter ignore Belfort’s flaws - he is shown punching his wife in front of his crying child, among the many crimes. They are just acutely aware that the wealth porn on display supersedes any condemnation they could tack on. This dynamic even plays out in the film when a journalist exposes Belfort’s shady practices and the only consequence is a waiting room clogged with job applicants.

    没有人会误认为斯科塞斯对梅尔·布鲁克斯,但他知道如何将其武器喜剧很像主任Blazing Saddles。The quaalude sequence is to Reaganomics what Springtime for Hitler is toTriumph of the Will。You can question the taste and the intent all day long but with both there is a level of grotesquery on display that cannot be defused, a buffoonishness that cuts clean through any power the subject holds.

    I’ve noticed some comedies will turn around and shame the viewer for having fun in the film’s closing minutes in a disingenuous play to keep the filmmaker’s hands clean.Wolfdoesn’t pull this stunt. It owns its laughs. I don't think I've heard a theater rock with laughter as hard since this scene landed back in 2013. But like the lemon ludes that turn Belfort into a flailing infant,Wolfhas a fuse. The full effect might not hit until after you're done laughing and home watching the evening news, when you realizeWolf’sabsurdities is our reality.

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    DiCaprio's best adult performance, the one that should have won him the Oscar. A marvel of physical acting, especially that quaalude scene.

    September 15, 2020 |Unregistered CommenterWorking stiff

    除了玛格特·罗比,我发现狼是一个斯科塞斯最畏缩值得,在我的书没有“经典”。这似乎是装上船跳,并试图“所有我的生活,我想成为一个流氓叙事复制the.Goodfellas这样一个给人留下深刻印象的努力。The drug scene was so long and with Jonah Hill hamming it up was nowhere near the stirring the sauce, rolling/snorting the coke, being followed by helicopters, can’t fly without my lucky hat, rock-n-roll, glad it’s so long brilliance of the Goodfellas drug scene masterwork. Not even in the same league.

    September 15, 2020 |Unregistered CommenterTOM

    Yeah. I nearly wet myself laughing. Both times.

    September 15, 2020 |Unregistered CommenterArkaan

    A classic ?! No I only saw it once in the theater was not that impressed not too mention a script that is basically non stop f words

    September 15, 2020 |Unregistered CommenterJaragon

    Oh man, never in my life did I laugh so fucking hard at a movie theater but I wasn't alone. Yes, there weren't a lot of people at the screening I went to but we laughed our fucking asses off during that entire Quaaludes sequence. I remember someone accidentally pissed him/herself at the screening and I think a few of us found who it was but then we were like... "ah fuck it, it's worth it".

    马丁·斯科塞斯has always been known for making high-tier films but I think he showed everyone that he too has a love for low-brow comedy and wasn't afraid to show something stupid but funny. A year later, my dad saw the movie on TV and he laughed his fucking ass off for that scene and felt Leo should've won the Oscar for that whole sequence alone.

    September 15, 2020 |Unregistered Commenterthevoid99

    Whether or not the whole film is a new classic is arguable -- it's aged interestingly for me, some aspects has gotten better with time while others have lost some bite -- but the ludes sequence definitely falls into 'classic' territory. It's the only time from the past decade when I can recall being in a packed multiplex theatre that was UNANIMOUSLY roaring with laughter for five minutes straight.

    September 15, 2020 |Unregistered CommenterN8

    This movie frustrated me. I thought most of the performances were wonderful. Margot Robbie was best part about it in my opinion. I thought the movie didn’t really go anywhere so when it was over all I could think about was how long it was. Not to mention as good as DiCaprio is in the film I couldn’t get invested in the character and I didn’t care about what happened to him good or bad.

    September 15, 2020 |Unregistered CommenterBrian

    If DiCaprio would have let Scorsese show his dick, he would have won the Oscar--and maybe the film would have gotten a couple. It was just a moment in the film--nudity without showing audiences the goods--that made one think the film and the performance weren't quite as fearless as they were presenting themselves to be. Showing Jonah Hill with a prosthetic is nothing. The coy, non-frontal nudity nudity scene, right out of a late 60s Blake Edwards flick, was the one moment in TWoWS where the film was admitting it just wasn't really that ballsy after all. After all, we aren't seeing any balls.

    September 15, 2020 |Unregistered CommenterDan Humphrey

    天才级的迪卡普里奥的那一幕作用。当之无愧的奥斯卡

    September 15, 2020 |Unregistered CommenterRich

    我喜欢这部电影。我敢肯定,它有一个消息或什么的,但是当它的这种荒谬的乐趣谁在乎。我只希望他们已经完全消失了球,墙壁和名为它奶子和可卡因(or at least put that as an “or” or after a colon type thing). Far and away the best Leo has ever been, because he’s riding on/not fighting against some star wattage. We need more star turns in this world!

    September 16, 2020 |Unregistered CommenterVal

    老实说,我认为这很可能是,斯科塞斯的最好的电影。而这一幕,在整个电影是最好的,而且应该赢得奥斯卡既迪卡普里奥和山的喜剧的他们梦幻般的技能。亚博主页

    哦,电影是一所以上点讽刺...的最好的一个。比利·怀尔德和斯坦利·库布里克会感到自豪。

    September 16, 2020 |Unregistered CommenterJesus Alonso

    这是一个有趣的场景,却道出了与电影最大的败笔。每个人都等同于他的身体表现为他是多么伟大,但也正是这一表现和金凯瑞在王牌大骗子有什么区别?

    Both go overly big and both are physical comedians when it is necessary. I like the performance, but saying this is Leo's best performance is almost insulting to the rest of his films.

    September 16, 2020 |Unregistered CommenterBen

    主神,我讨厌这部电影。唯一的纯哑弹我见过斯科塞斯释放,我看过他所有的电影。它的双重失望考虑它夹在他的片目我的爱,雨果和默哀两层膜之间。

    September 16, 2020 |Unregistered Commentermanliano

    Yep - I was crying laughing at this scene in theatre. He should have won the Oscar for this.

    September 16, 2020 |Unregistered CommenterJW

    One of Scorsese and DiCaprio's best for sure

    September 16, 2020 |Unregistered Commenterf

    I thought Leo would win his Oscar for this. Nope! Wrestling the bear won.

    September 16, 2020 |Unregistered CommenterCash

    “这是一个有趣的场景,却道出了与电影最大的败笔。每个人都等同于他的身体表现为他是多么伟大,但也正是这一表现和金凯瑞在王牌大骗子有什么区别?

    Both go overly big and both are physical comedians when it is necessary. I like the performance, but saying this is Leo's best performance is almost insulting to the rest of his films."

    Not a terrible comparison, actually. Liar, Liar, is an abysmal movie, but Carrey's performance is one of his strongest ones, in my mind. I think Wolf of Wall Street operates on a higher register, script-wise, and I think DiCaprio's charisma/anti-charisma carries it a long way.

    That said, I don't think he's such a strong actor that "it's almost insulting to the rest of his films" is actually.... well, all that wrong...? I actually don't think he's made a better film, to be honest.

    September 16, 2020 |Unregistered CommenterArkaan

    I enjoyed about the first half to two-thirds of the movie, but I felt like it was about an hour too long. There's no point Scorsese can make, it seems, without driving it home again and again, until you're exhausted.

    September 16, 2020 |Unregistered Commenter李琳

    本,我觉得凯瑞的王牌大骗子和迪卡普里奥(和希尔的)之间的差别华尔街的狼是明确的。

    Liar Liar is a soft family slapstick from beginning to end. Carrey goes WAAAAY over the top and gives a really funny but unrealistic performance.

    Wolf is a satire, the slapstick is completely justified from the very same screenplay and situation, and di Caprio and Hill walk the tightrope between realism and comedy to perfection.

    Again, this is to Marty what Dr. Strangelove was to Kubrick and what One, Two, Three was to Wilder. Disappointing for most fans for the completely unexpected change of tone and genre, but to my taste, Marty at its best (and away from being pretentious, this could have easily been panned as a "minor" film).

    September 16, 2020 |Unregistered CommenterJesus Alonso

    Agreee. DiCaprio deserved the Oscar for this performance.

    September 16, 2020 |Unregistered CommenterZxM

    Scorsese has always admired Jerry Lewis. I think you see some Lewis in the Quaaludes sequence.

    September 16, 2020 |Unregistered CommenterDan Humphrey