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Bud’s first mission is to follow around Sir Larry Wildman (Terence Stamp), a notably moneyed investor whose presence in New York most certainly involves stocks.This activity leads to more underhanded tactics, including spilling inside information about his father’s (Martin Sheen) employer, Blue Star Airlines, which Gordon sees as a perfect opportunity to exploit.Leonardo Di Caprio plays Jordan Belfort in THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, from Paramount Pictures and Red Granite Pictures.
In this, I hope to reveal why I think these films are important entries in this tradition and why they help to facilitate a meaningful dialogue about the crisis of late capitalism.
There’s also an interesting shift here reflected in these sets of films.
Notice that the films from the first set that I’ve characterized mostly as tragedies all predate the latter set.
It’s the more narrower subset of these recent films that deal with American excess using a distinctive style or approach that’s continuous (or in reaction to) a certain tradition of American film, however, that I’ll be particularly concerned with in this essay.
Cinemas of excess have a long tradition in the history of film, both internationally and in America, finding strong precedents in films such as in America.