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Bringing Out the Dead [Martin Scorsese, 1999]
by: Mike Sunday 15 December 2002
A lot of people who have heard of Scorsese's brilliant Goodfellas and Taxi Driver, have either never heard of Bringing Out The Dead, or dismiss it out of hand. For me, though, it's up there with
Scorsese's best. OK, so it stars Nicola Cage who is not one of my favourite actors – but then he was superb in two of my favourite films: Mike Figgis's perfect Leaving Las Vegas and this one.
BOTD takes us into the nightmare underbelly of New York, as seen through the eyes of a paramedic who is close to a breakdown. This
film is about trying to do good in a complex, violent and unforgiving world, and about finding redemption for our failures. This could have been a rather tired and didactic affair, but in Scorsese's hands it becomes an exhilarating piece of filmmaking, while still being a profound and deeply moving work of art.
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