||Posted - 21/12/2019 : 10:57:28
I donít know how much is real, but Iím certain that if you ever want to know anything about Harvey Keitel, you get a glimpse into his soul in this film, and pretty much everyone else who acted in this masterpiece. Itís not a Best Picture. Itís not a Best anything.
The lieutenant is the worst of the best, and Abel Ferrera makes sure we join him in the downward spiral. You are complicit. Keitel isnít ever as normal as when he walks out the door of his house in the first few moments of the film. Fuck the soundtrack to life; itís all phony anyway, so thereís not much music, at least not so much as itís only a prop. Smoke crack. Smoke heroin. The original version of this film featured an awesome track by Schooly D called Signifyin Rapper, but I guess Robert Plant and Jimmy Page got P.O.íd that Schooly didnít ask for their "permission" to use the music from the song Kashmir (and I guess he never "paid" them for it, so fuck you Led Zeppelin. Jerks.).
Keitel violates everyone (in the NC17 version his character actually jerks off in front of two girls, so if youíre watching the R the scene with the girls in their dadís car it doesnít have as much impact or really make any sense. So skip the R version). Thereís something erotic about him spying on the nun who got raped. You see her boobs and her pubes, so like I said, youíre implicated too. There is no redemption. Even gramma gives you crack -- to even you out, no less! Youíre on a slide straight to the bottom and you figure this out pretty quickly, so just enjoy the ride you f***** c*********. Keitel's periodic baleful moans are like taking long sips of a superlatively aged wine, with cracked black pepper floating on top ... while someone brushes your hair with a loaded pistol.
Keitel shoots his own radio, and he calls Darryl Strawberry a nigger! Iím doing my best here to show this movie so stop squirming.
If you saw Mean Streets (1973) then youíll catch the subtle homages. This is a film about the underside of your sturdiest boots. Thereís too much to say, and nothing that could possibly describe it. I loved this movie.