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Desperation and Deception: Glengarry Glen Ross

Glengarry Glen Ross is a 1992 film based on a play by David Mamet. The movie follows a group of real estate salesmen who are struggling to sell properties in a tough market. The film features an all-star cast including Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey, and Ed Harris.

Characters and motivation

The characters are portrayed as desperate, scheming, and cutthroat, willing to do whatever it takes to close a deal. The characters are portrayed as desperate, scheming, and cutthroat, willing to do whatever it takes to close a deal.

The character of Ricky Roma, played by Al Pacino, is the top salesman in the company. He is smooth-talking and manipulative, and he knows how to close a deal. His motivation is to make as much money as possible, and he is willing to bend the rules to achieve his goal.

Shelley “The Machine” Levene, played by Jack Lemmon, is an older salesman who is struggling to make sales. He is desperate to keep his job and maintain his reputation as a successful salesman. His motivation is to regain his former glory, help out her ailing daughter and prove that he still has what it takes to close a deal.

Dave Moss, played by Ed Harris, is a salesman who is frustrated with the company and his low sales numbers. He hatches a plan to steal the valuable sales leads from the office safe and sell them to a rival company. His motivation is to get revenge on the company and make a quick profit.

John Williamson, played by Kevin Spacey, is the office manager who is responsible for assigning leads to the salesmen. He is cold and calculating and is more concerned with the bottom line than the well-being of his employees. His motivation is to keep the company profitable and his own job secure.

Alec Baldwin’s character, Blake, is a corporate trainer who delivers the famous “ABC” (Always Be Closing) speech to the salesmen. He is aggressive and abusive, and his motivation is to intimidate the salesmen into working harder and making more sales. (First prize? A Cadillac and third prize? Getting fired)

Their motivations drive the plot and provide the necessary impetus for the climax. The climax of the film exposes the corrupt and unethical behavior of the salesmen and reveals the consequences of their actions. The investigation and the subsequent fallout demonstrate the lengths that the salesmen will go to in order to secure a sale, and the consequences of their actions ultimately lead to their downfall.

Cast and Performance

Glengarry Glen Ross features an exceptional cast of talented actors, each delivering powerful performances in their respective roles. It is difficult to single out just one actor who gave the best performance, as each actor brought a unique perspective and interpretation to their character.

However, Al Pacino’s portrayal of Ricky Roma stands out as particularly memorable and captivating. Pacino’s performance as the smooth-talking and manipulative top salesman was both charismatic and chilling. He brought a sense of intensity and energy to the role, and his dialogue delivery was impeccable. His silence speaks volume as well, like in the scenes towards the climax, with his client who will soon become his ex-client. Pacino’s performance was widely acclaimed and earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

That being said, Jack Lemmon’s portrayal of Shelley Levene was also remarkable. Lemmon brought a sense of vulnerability and desperation to the role, and his character’s struggle to make a sale was both heartbreaking and relatable. His emotional breakdown in the final scene and its subdued portrayal, was a powerful and poignant moment in the film.

Overall, all the actors delivered excellent performances, and each performance added to the depth and complexity of the film, and together they created a memorable and impactful ensemble, to make Glengarry Glen Ross a gripping and intense film.

Film 101: What Are Eyelines? How to Use Eyeline Match to Tell a Story and Drive a Narrative

What Is an Eyeline in Film?
Eyelines are where actors look while acting in a scene. They help the audience understand what the character is looking at. Often, when an actor appears to be talking directly to another character, their eye line is directed at the camera, not at the other actor. Maintaining the right eyeline is an essential part of film acting technique—learn more about film acting here.

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Carlito’s way : A few bumps…

carlitos way

We often use a hook in our conversations, to engage. In a screenplay  writers, directors need more than one, spread across the movie span. Carlito’s way is an excellent example of how such hooks can be employed to good effect.

Movie itself  starts off with the end scene, the shooting of the protagonist. Will I make it? As he wonders, so does the audience with his voice over guiding the flashback which begins at a point where the patient trolley hits a small bump. And so begins the story of Carlito, who just got out of prison and committed to change his life better. In his own words, he had enough of the old ways and is ready for a brand new beginning. He has it all figured out…just 70 grand short to get started with rental car business in Bahamas.

The rest of the story is about how four things come in his way–his past, his character, his friendship and his love interest. How he gets sucked into trouble, how his friendship turns fatal and how his love almost redeems him–these provide the structure of the movie and the related hook scenes.

A must watch  for anyone who is interested in how an actor (Al Pacino) takes his time to unravel the character and the director(Brian De Palma) boosting the visual style of the film through several key scenes.

My picks.

  1. Al Pacino’s portrayal of the inner conflict, specially with his girl friend (“It’s who I am Gail, it’s what I am. Right or wrong, I can’t change that.”) and towards the end, when things start falling apart.
  2. Brian De Palma’s execution of the first shoot out and the climax train scene.
  3. Sean Penn’s excellent performance to contrast with Al Pacino.(Hyena Vs Lion)
  4. Terrific support cast with a special mention to Luis Guzmán (Steps scene with Benny Blanco)