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Requiem for a dream
Aronofsky, Darren, director, author of screenplay.
Director's cut.
Publication Information:
Santa Monica, Calif. : Artisan Home Entertainment, [2001]
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (approximately 102 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Harry and his best friend, Tyrone, are impoverished heroin addicts living in Coney Island, NY. Harry's girlfriend, Marion, is a fellow addict trying to distance herself from her wealthy father. Harry's mother, Sara, spends her days watching television and wants to lose weight to go on a game show. She visits a sleazy doctor who prescribes her amphetamines and soon Sara has a drug habit of her own.
General Note:
Based on the novel: Requiem for a dream / by Hubert Selby, Jr.

"Director's cut."--Container.

Originally released as motion picture in 2000.

Also available on DVD in an edited version, with the MPAA rating: R.

Special features: commentary by director Darren Aronofsky ; commentary by director of photography Matthew Libatique; scene analysis; deleted scenes with optional director commentary; documentary, The making of Requiem for a dream; Memories, dreams and addictions : Ellen Burstyn interviews Hubert Selby Jr.; cast and crew information; production notes; theatrical trailers and TV spots.
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: Not rated ("This film is unrated but contains very explicit sexual material").

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Audubon Library DVD 2645 Adult DVD Open Shelf
Audubon Library DVD 2645 Adult DVD Open Shelf
Audubon Library DVD 2645 Adult DVD Open Shelf
Kenmore Library DVD 2645 Adult DVD Audio Visual

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Based on the novel by Hubert Selby Jr., this gritty drama concerns four people trapped by their addictions. Harry (Jared Leto), and his best friend Tyrone (Marlon Wayans) are impoverished heroin addicts living in Coney Island, NY, while Harry's girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly) is a fellow addict trying to distance herself from her wealthy father. Harry dreams of scoring a pound of smack, from which he could make enough money to open a clothing boutique with Marion, but so far he and his friends can barely scrape by supporting their own habits. Meanwhile, Harry's mother Sara (Ellen Burstyn), who spends her days watching television, is told she has the opportunity to appear on her favorite game show; wanting to lose enough weight to fit into her favorite red dress, she visits a sleazy doctor who gives her a prescription for amphetamines. Soon Sara has a drug habit of her own that is spiraling out of control. Requiem for a Dream was directed by Darren Aronofsky, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Selby; it was Aronofsky's second feature, following his acclaimed independent film Pi. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Library Journal Review

Aronofsky made a lot of industry noise in 1998 with Pi, his critically praised low-budget indie hit and debut feature. For his second film, he collaborated with one of his literary gurus, Hubert Selby Jr., to adapt Selby's 1978 cult classic Last Exit to Brooklyn. Set on the scarred and bleak streets of Coney Island, Brooklyn, the story follows heroin addict and twentysomething Harry Goldfarb (Jared Leto), his smack-snack gorgeous girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly), and running buddy Tyrone (Marlon Wayans) as they conceive a way to score pure heroin. An illuminating interview with Aronofsky prefaces the script, which in the Faber & Faber vein, unlike the Newmarket "Shooting Script," has less detailed camera shots and reads more like a play. For more specialized cinematic collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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