Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans 2009 MA15+
7.45PM Fri 14 Jul 2017
GOMA | Cinema A | Free
'Bad Lieutenant' isn't a film noir where an oppressive climate permeates; the whole thing is full of menacing humour. There's a light touch throughout, with a leading character who isn't in the least bit guilty about being so ferociously evil.
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans will screen from a 35mm film print.
A totally depraved, blacker-than-black comedy, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans foists Nicolas Cage's titular cop into a mass-murder investigation in the chaos of post-Katrina New Orleans. As his addictions and perversities pile up, Cage's character struggles to stay one step ahead of the increasingly complex case.
Herzog has repeatedly stated that the film has no connection to Abel Ferrara's cult classic Bad Lieutenant 1992 other than the fact that a "corrupt policeman as the central character." Certainly, the grim tragedy of Harvey Keitel's protagonist in Ferrara's film is a world apart from the gleeful immorality of Cage's lieutenant. Cage has rarely been as potent on screen as he is in this film – with his wild-eyed commitment driving the ferocious energy of the film. He is ably supported by Eva Mendes as his girlfriend, Val Kilmer as his partner, Brad Dourif as his bookie, and Xzibit as a gangster kingpin. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans is a deeply funny and exhilarating neo-noir that takes pleasure in showing the extremes its protagonist is willing to explore.
35MM, COLOUR, DOLBY DIGITAL, 122 MINS, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: WERNER HERZOG / SCRIPT: WILLIAM M. FINKELSTEIN / CINEMATOGRAPHER: PETER ZEITLINGER / EDITOR: JOE BINI / PRODUCTION CO: MILENNIUM FILMS, SATURN FILMS / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: ROADSHOW FILMS / SCREENING FORMAT: 35MM
MA15+ | Strong drug use, frequent coarse language and sex scene