Cinematography of “The Untouchables”
Yesterday, I watched the acclaimed period crime drama, “The Untouchables”. It’s the story of prohibition agent Eliot Ness and his quest to take down the notorious Al Capone. In my opinion, it’s an incredible film, especially from a cinematographic perspective. Here are some of my favourite shots:
1. Opening scene, an overhead shot of De Niro as Capone, calmly making the case that his organization does not use violence whatsoever. An introduction to De Niro’s portrayal of one of the most infamous gangsters in U.S. history:
2. Capone finding out that his fake shipment decoy has tricked Ness, who has just begun to track him down.
An Ethicist on Wolf of Wall Street
Is Wolf of Wall Street the most anti-greed movie ever made? In my opinion, film critic John Paul Rollert makes a strong case:
Wolf stands out not only as the most anti-Wall Street movie I’ve ever seen from a major director but as a scathing indictment of the American Dream or what’s become of it in an age of extreme inequality and decadent consumerism. As Scorsese presents it, today, the American Dream has nothing to do with creation or client service—“We don’t create shit,” the same senior trader tells Belfort—the essence of it is simple: money, lots and lots of money.
Read Rollert’s article here.