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Mean Streets and The Last Laugh

by Kate Fortmueller

Expressionist films have been influential for a variety of filmmakers and across a variety of genres. Expressionist films were known for mobilizing the entire mise-en-scene to express subjectivity. In The Last Laugh (1924) we see how Murnau creates the experience of being drunk (rather than simply relying on performance to convey drunkenness). Scorsese takes a similar approach in this sequence from Mean Streets (1973).

Mean Streets (1973) - Drunk Sequence

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Charlie floats through the bar taking shots and getting progressively drunker.

from Mean Streets (1973)
Creator: Martin Scorsese
Distributor: Warner Home Video
Posted by Kate Fortmueller