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Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

May 17th, 2010 · No Comments

The biggest reason for the smile on my face when I think about this film is that I cannot, for the life of me, explain why it is as good as it is. Like its central character (played by an actor I often don’t care much for), this film is an absolute train wreck. And yet, whether by brilliant orchestration or lucky chaos, the result is something pretty marvelous (in the strictest sense of the word). And hometown kudos to producers and (originally) Chicagoans, Alan and Gabe Polsky of Polsky Films. Whether the end result was a product of giving director Werner Herzog freedom (as I suspect) or reigning him in, it worked. I can’t explain why, but it worked.

Tags: Action/Adventure · Capsule · Crime/Noir · Director

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