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American Psycho

USA, 2000, (min)
Independent
, OmeU

  • Director: Marry Harron
  • Cast: Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto

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Marry Harron



Nearly ten years passed between the scandalous publication of Bret Easton Ellis’ nihilistic (though deeply moralistic) novel and its cinematic adaptation in 2000, when the novel had gained reached cult status. And that’s what director Mary Harron reacted to in her version of the story of stockbroker Patrick Bateman, who describes himself as follows: » I have all the characteristics of a human being: blood, flesh, skin, hair; but not a single, clear, identifiable emotion, except for greed and disgust. « And Mary Harron’s direction is as spot on as this self-evaluation sounds exaggerated. Patrick Bateman’s deeds, his sadistic desecrations and murders, celebrated with nearly maniacal energy by Christian Bale, were – of course – met with horror by audiences. But fear and disgust are always followed by bitter laughter. Harron turns Ellis’ angry accusation, which still lifts the defendant to a near mythical level, into a derisive reckoning for a culture that actually does treat serial killings as a perverse art-form. Ellis’ wild trademark-massacre becomes a mile-a-minute satire – and laughter the most effective form of exorcism.

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