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Requiem for a Dream
     

Requiem for a Dream

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by Aronofsky, Hubert Selby
 

From the writer/director of the acclaimed film Pi, the screen-adaptation of Hubert Selby Jr.'s classic cult novel.

Requiem for a Deam is a modern-day fable set on the rusted mean streets of Brooklyn’s Coney Island that follows the stories of four people desperately in pursuit of a better life. Oscar-winning actress Ellen Burstyn stars as Sara, a widowed

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From the writer/director of the acclaimed film Pi, the screen-adaptation of Hubert Selby Jr.'s classic cult novel.

Requiem for a Deam is a modern-day fable set on the rusted mean streets of Brooklyn’s Coney Island that follows the stories of four people desperately in pursuit of a better life. Oscar-winning actress Ellen Burstyn stars as Sara, a widowed mother obsessed with her waistline and addicted to diet pills and the thought of appearing on television. Her son Harry (Jared Leto), his girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly), and his best friend Tyrone (Marlon Wayans in a surprising dramatic debut), are junkies in search of the American dream-only in their world fortunes are won through a successful score and sell operation and the three long to lay their hands on the pound of heroin that, once unloaded, will finance a legitimate business of their own. Soon enough, though, their earnest pursuits begin to take on horrifying dimensions; and, even as their world crumbles around them, Sara, Harry, Marion and Tyrone refuse to let go, plummeting with their dreams in a nightmarish freefall not soon to be forgotten.

In 1998, Darren Aronofsky won the Best Director Prize at the Sundance Film Festival for his debut feature Pi. He lives in New York City.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
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. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780571206315
Publisher:
Faber and Faber
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.36(d)

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Requiem for a Dream 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched the movie because it was recommended, i read his works because i was impressed. I became very interested in literature and fiction writing after watching Selby's interview (as a special bonus in the movie). Hubert Selby Jr. is my favorite write, i admire and love him with all my heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was awsome i could hardly speak after i was done reading one chpter i couldnt stop i kept reading and reading the movie was also good
Guest More than 1 year ago
fantastic in all dimensions..more then worth reading and seeing
Guest More than 1 year ago
it was a very moving and inspiring novel that teaches many of lifes hardest lessons
Guest More than 1 year ago
Selby's style of writing is amazing. I couldn't put the book down until I was done. Truly amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Requiem for a dream got me to quit drugs that should be enough to convince you to read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best story I have ever read. The characters are great and each one has a part of you in it. I couldn't put the book down, and would recommend it to anyone. It is mind blowing and teaches you a lesson about life too. I know that you will enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everyone should see this movie or read this book once (or twice) and pass it on. Great eye-opener for those thinking about trying any drugs. This one has definitely left a scar for life.