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Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

USA, 2009, 122 (min)

  • Director: Werner Herzog
  • Cast: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer

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Werner Herzog

Of course, Werner Herzog’s »Bad Lieutenant« is not a remake of Abel Ferrara’s dire passion play. But there are some details that link Terence McDonagh, Nicolas Cage’s cop driven by addictions, with Harvey Keitel’s self-destructive spiritual seeker. But they are not really an issue. Herzog does not work on someone else’s material. He simply creates something completely new. All the classic elements of the cop-thriller are still there, so Cage can create an impressive portrait of a physically and mentally broken-down policeman, who breaks laws like they don’t apply to him. But Herzog undermines this brilliant performance, which is continually swerving between reality and madness. He plays with Hollywood’s conventions and thereby creates absurd and grandiose cinematic vignettes. The cop-thriller becomes a comedy about humanity, with crocodiles and lizards silently witnessing our hapless behavior. The stoic look on their reptilian mugs, which Herzog repeatedly uses, finally unmasks human beings as the fools and nitwits that we are. The suffering in this world, which Ferrara has so impressively staged, is laughed out the door by Herzog.


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