Last Exit to Brooklyn [Blu-ray]
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Not so, said Hubert Selby, in his novel, LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN. For a good deal of the working class, times were still tough. Preyed upon by crime, toyed with by factory owners and unions, and, ultimately, shackled by their own ignorance, the working class had their promise of a white picket fence and primrose garden vacated. In Brooklyn, particularly, things were acutely tough. Manufacturing jobs were on a rapid decline, as companies moved out of town or out of state (which was why those companies remaining in Brooklyn were able to mess with their employees: take it or leave it, was their attitude). At the same time, an influx of immigrants seeking jobs made the hunt for work even more competitive--another bonus for the remaining factory owners. Slums rapidly worsened, so much so that Dodger owner Walter Alston decided his team's future was in jeopardy. L.A. looked like a much safer place for a stadium.
But neither Selby nor director Uli Edel portrayed this working class as merely innocent victims. Neither the book nor the film is a didactic rant about class warfare. The poor had their own vices of greed, brutality, and dissipation. Just about every other scene has someone going through someone else's wallets, union funds or pockets. If they aren't doing that, they're drinking, fighting, or whoring. It's a pretty dismal world. The natural response to this film might be: "Wait a minute. Not everyone working class Johnny-Punchclock guy was a criminal. Most people worked hard and honestly." Of course, this is true but it's not the film's concern.Read more ›
I had never heard of Uli Edel but was curious to see how well the book was illustrated through film. From the opening shot of the three military men walking through the dark streets to the Greeks to the factory to the strike office, things seemed to have been pulled straight from the book. If you have read the book you know how it can be sometimes quite difficult to read Selby's writing style, considering there are pages upon pages of text in all caps and run-on sentences up the wazoo, so a visual illustration really did a good job of bringing some confusing parts of the book to life.
Jennifer Jason Leigh gave a good performance as the infamous Tralala, Jerry Orbach was always refreshing to watch, but I think I liked the portrayal of Harry Black the best (I think it was Stephen Lang). As in the book, his "chapter", along with Tralala's, were the longest, and the two characters were also the most intertwined in the other stories, so they also got a majority of the screen time in the film. Oh, and Burt Young was well cast, too. He seems to thrive on the grumpy-caring-jerk-semi womanizer type character quite well.
I know others who have read the book or seen the movie have been put off by its unflattering portrait of the Brooklyn working class 60 years ago.Read more ›
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Sorry to say, but this is my first time I have been disappointed with a purchase from Amazon. And, I must add, that it is not their fault. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Bertoitalian
This is a provocative but excellent film on human failing. Not for every taste, but clearly a movie you won't forget. Great to have it on DVDPublished 18 days ago by D. Mueller
Full of raw emotion, very powerful movie, it dealt with important issues.Published 5 months ago by S.L
Worth checking out (especially if you are from Brooklyn - reminded me of some the sh*t heads I grew up with)Published 6 months ago by Bklyn
This was filmed in the late 1980's and I finally decided to watch it for the first time. (I'd worked on the movie for three weeks as a background actor. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
seen this before same excellent gritty brooklyn story as rememberedPublished 8 months ago by Tom Cashman