The dead – good and bad, a 2006 film directed by Martin scorsese, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga And Alec baldwin. It is a remake of the film by Andrew Lau And Alain Mak Hellish affairs. The film was a hit with audiences and critics alike, winning numerous awards including four Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Non-Original Screenplay, and Best Editing. Mark Wahlberg was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor. Featured among the special events of the first edition of the Rome International Film Festival in 2006, it was released in Italian theaters on October 27, 2006. The film premiered in the United States on September 26, 2006 in New York. With an estimated budget of $ 90 million, the film grossed approximately $ 290 million worldwide, including more than $ 130 million in the North American market. In Italy, the film grossed more than 9 million euros during the 2006-2007 season.
Set in Boston, the film chronicles the infiltration of a mole in Massachusetts State Police by an Irish boss under investigation. The character played by Matt damon he is loosely based on the corrupt FBI agent John connolly, while the character played by Jack nicholson, named after the Italian-American mafioso of the same name, is inspired by the figure of James bulger, an Irish bad luck boss in Boston on the FBI’s list of the 10 most dangerous criminals.
The American magazine Variety called it “succulent and bloody steak” and you can see why: after eleven years Martin scorsese returned to the form and violence of Casino. The dead, literal translation the “departé”, which has been subtitled in a simplistic way The good and the bad, is a Scespirian drama of vertiginous ascents and descents, a beautiful black played on the edge of psychological and carnal temptation, with a rapid rhythm and with stratospheric actors. Jack nicholson, first of all, absolute personification of evil, from Irish mafia boss Frank Costello, Leonardo DiCaprio directed by Scorsese is awesome: tall, slim and angelic live, it’s brutal and disruptive onscreen (with echoes of the From Niro of Cap Fear). Matt damon he plays the role of the corrupt and anonymous good guy well Mark Wahlberg draw a strong character, an executioner policeman difficult to forget. Then there is Alec baldwin And Martin sheen. “I don’t want to be the product of my environment… I want my environment to be my product” said in the half-light the voice of Frank Costello, Irish boss of Boston, in the fantastic prologue (18 minutes) of The dead. Scorsese immerses us immediately and violently in the story, making us discover the three main characters of his film. The dead it’s a Scorsésian film at its core for the construction and the narrative structure (as always, an astonishing edit makes the story very fluid and engaging). And it earned its director the first and much coveted Oscar of his career: yet, as often happens, he is not going to reward his best film. Hailed by some as one of his greatest masterpieces, hated by others for his manners and a virtuosity considered futile. As is often the case, the truth lies somewhere in between. The dead probably not one of the great Martin’s masterpieces, but it is certainly an excellent film. Right from the start you breathe in a mournful tune, it’s a dance of death and blood in which nothing is as planned and nothing turns out the way you would like it to. The last part therefore shows all the pessimism of the director, making him one of the most extreme and radical films of the great Italian-American filmmaker. Excellent teamwork with a sumptuous cast. The film lasts two and twenty-five hours but we would like it never to stop. Magic of cinema and of this great director.