DiCaprio and Scorsese’s wildest movie on Prime Video

Howard Hawks said that a great movie had to include 3 great scenes and no bad ones. Well, this one has 50 great scenes and none condemnable. In 2013, Martin Scorsese once again had one of his own for his most frenetic and foul-mouthed film to date. The director and Leonardo Dicaprio They are one of those cinema couples that we will always remember for films like ‘The Departed’ (2006), ‘Shutter Island‘ (2010), ‘Gangs of New York’ (2002) or ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’. The latter, Scorsese’s biggest box office success, established a Guinness world record for the most swear words in a movie. A stark satire towards the world of the New York stock market full of moral ambiguities. The motto? Earn, spend and celebrate.

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The gift of improvisation

It was after the premiere of ‘Hugo’ when, in 2011, Martin Scorsese launched a production that did not include gangsters or murderers (well, a little bit). To do this, he moved into the world of stockbrokers with a script based on the autobiography of Jordan Belfort, the real “wolf” of Wall Street. In addition to having Leonardo DiCaprio in the wildest and most hypnotic role of his career, the Italian-American filmmaker trusted the talents of Margot Robbie –his first significant and successful role at the age of 22–, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey and Jean Dujardin. Also in old friends, with the successful forays of Jon Favreau (creator of ‘The Mandalorian’), Rob Reiner (director of ‘When Harry Met Sally’), Fran Lebowitz (star of Scorsese’s series ‘Pretend it’s a city’) or Spike Jonze (director of ‘Her’). Of course, in the film, most of the real names are fictional.

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One of the most well-known and applauded scenes is led by an unleashed Matthew McConaughey beating their chests to the rhythm of an iconic hum. This was improvised by the actor – like most of his interventions – since it is a warm-up ritual that he usually does before getting in front of the camera. When Leonardo DiCaprio saw him during filming, the brief shot of him unexpectedly turning away from the camera was actually the performer looking at him. Martin Scorsese seeking approval. Thanks to DiCaprio encouraging them to include it in the film, it was very identifying for the story, as was the constant presence of cocaine. To simulate the drug –Reason why Julie Andrews turned down a role in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’– the actors snorted crushed vitamin B, something that did not sit well with poor Jonah Hill, who after so much inhalation fell ill with bronchitis and had to be hospitalized.

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‘The wolf of Wall Street’

American dreams

The result was a masterful parody of a rotten and idealized world. The rise and fall of DiCaprio’s character, the beauty of Margot Robbie’s discovery or that legendary cameo by Matthew McConaughey are just part of what makes ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, a three-hour film, live like a roller coaster ride. A total evisceration of toxic masculinity, of Wall Street and the American dream. According to Jordi Costa’s review published by Fotogramas, “it is a wild black comedy around the Hubris Syndrome: an exercise in what the filmmaker knows how to do best, a cocaine addict story of rise and fall, where pathological self-exaltation evolves into a paranoid nightmare, a ‘Citizen Kane‘ (Orson Welles, 1941) for a man without a soul who builds a labyrinth without an enigma at its center.

Martin Scorsese

With ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, Scorsese makes ‘The Departed’ look like a Disney movie. In this journey through time the 90’s, the abundance of masterful performances turns each leading and supporting actor into stars. Quite a feat in which DiCaprio does his best with an absolutely despicable character. Although the performer would not win the Oscar until a few years later for ‘The revenant’ (Iñárritu, 2016), obtained one of the five nominations for the wolf. Among them, Best Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Actor (for DiCaprio) and Supporting Actor (for Hill). Scorsese’s film did not win any Academy Awards, but it did win something more important: a seat of honor among the audience’s applause. A brilliant, untamed frenzy that has always been one of our own.

‘The wolf of Wall Street’ It is available in the catalog of Prime Video.

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Caught between music and cinema, from Vigo she came to Madrid to study Journalism and Audiovisual Communication at the Carlos III University. Legend has it that she preferred to skip classes to go to a premiere although, if you ask her, she will deny it.

She came to the Fotogramas editorial office as an intern, after delving into music and film journalism, collaborating in media such as Milana magazine. She has interviewed personalities such as Jonás Trueba or Irene Escolar and her most valuable asset is a guitar pick. She lives in love with Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Nora Ephron. If you can’t find her, she’ll be watching some Kurosawa movie. It doesn’t matter when you read this.

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