Cinematic Dramatic Conversations 0x05 – Worldwide Crime

The final episode lead by Iain sees The Dramatic go on a visual worldwide crime spree. Delving into one of his favourite cinematic genres, Iain selects three stand out crime films from world cinema. First up is South Korea’s A Bittersweet Life. An ace organised crime thriller that introduced audiences to Byung-hun Lee. Next, the conversation goes to Brazil for swat drama Elite Squad where the bringing the fight against slum gangs is its own morally corrupt battle. Finally, in France, Vincent Cassel’s epic Mesrine: Killer Instinct is our last film of the conversation. The first part of a major crime biopic seeing Cassel in a towering performance as one of France’s most infamous criminals.

Music Notes

As we had no actual dialogue clips to share this time out, we decided to use some of the music connected to our three films:

  • The track to introduce A Bittersweet Life is called “Fairness” by Dalparan.
  • The track to introduce Elite Squad is called “O Rappa” by Lado B Lado A.
  • The track to introduce Mesrine is called “I’m a man” by Black Strobe. It wasn’t featured in the film but was used in the excellent UK trailer.

Byron Pitt’s Show Notes

Sault Interwebs! Here are some film articles based on the films we watched on episode five to tickle your fancy!

A Bittersweet Life

Elite Squad

“The making of the film was as turbulent as the story within it. A van-load of prop guns was impounded by drug dealers who were disguised as policemen, and the image of these fake cops absconding triumphantly with their fake weapons would be comical if it weren’t so scary.”

Mesrine: Killer Instinct

“A legend has grown up, in book, film, song, rap and now blog, of Mesrine as a kind of Robin Hood de nos jours. The films suggest that, au contraire, Mesrine was a much more modern figure: an early-prototype media monster; a gangster more interested in his image than his earnings; a man who turned his life into a permanent biopic, with the enthusiastic support of the French popular press.”

“Cassel reinvented himself for the role. He grew a shaggy beard and took to drinking two 1,500-calorie milkshakes a day. He gained more than three stones in four months, adding a paunch to his slender 6ft 2in frame. ‘It was the first time in my life I had ever been that big – and hopefully the last,’ says Cassel, who now looks french-fry thin again, swamped by his baggy trenchcoat. ‘People don’t mess with you when you are that big. If you bump into somebody in the street, he moves, you don’t. But it didn’t feel natural. I had to eat so much that I would wake up vomiting. My body was screaming to get back to its natural skinniness.’”