Wolfen is a movie which I saw during its exit(release) in room, in 1882, in Aix en Provence, because he had had the special Price(Prize) of the Jury of the fantastic Festival of Avoriaz, today disappeared, replaced by the Festival of Gérardmer.
The history(story) of the movie, joins determinedly in the city of New York, main actor of the length-measurement, whom we measure, from the scene(stage) of opening,
With a magnificent view(sight) on East River, and the skyline of Manhattan, 2 tours(towers,ballots) of the WTC blocking vertically the landscape,
Of the Brooklyn Bridge.
From the incipit, Michael WadleighKnown for his(her,its) Woodstock, articulate its work around two poles:
- The modernity of the urban life, embodied by New York and the WTC, the modernity which adorns itself with rags of the freedom but which produces an artificial life and a materialist, without soul.
- The tradition of the Indian culture, the sidelining by the modern world, which is rather a carrier of an ecological, altruistic message, in sync with a nature which the western man forgot, seeing only a resource there exploited(ran)!
Modernity and tradition are thus going to oppose, in this fantastic opus through the wolf, which(who), as the Indian, was génocidé by the white man and which will be only the allegory of this lost tradition.
The scene(stage) of opening makes us follow Cadillac, in Staten Island, in which the promoter(developer) Christopher van der VeerSip his(her,its) glass of Chivas,
While his attractive wife sends some flour in nostrils! The couple stops(arrests) in Staten Island, in a park where thrones a windmill, built, in 1625, by the ancestor Peter van der Veer,
But something roams, in the corner(area), in front of the Statue of Liberty.
The originality of the scene(stage) and the change of point of view, because the history(story) is then seen by a wolf, which turns(shoots) around the couple and around his(her) bodyguard, with a visual effect which gets closer to a thermal image.
The bodyguard will not have time to fire at the "thing"("matter"), which will cut him(her) the hand...
The man and the woman,
Will undergo the even sad fate(spell), with a direction which will take accents " argentoesques "!
The decoration(set) is thus planted, by this scene(stage) of " bloody " and mysterious opening, glorified by the New York monumental decoration(set)!
The next day, the inspector Dewey WilsonPlayed by the ruffled, Albert FinneyAnd his(her) leader, WarrenDiscover the massacre.
Both men(people) turn, in priori, on the track(runway) of a terrorist action(share), what does not prevent Dewey To think only of grailler!
We thus add him(her), to lead the investigation, a certain Rebecca NefTaken(Brought) out quite straight ahead of the police academy, the specialist in psychology of the violence, and expert in international terrorism, played by Diane Venora. The attractive young lady does not seem to cut the appetite in this bittern of Dewey,
Big fan of " junk food "!
Curious character, it Van der VeerWhich(Who) in his(her,its) apartment of Manhattan,
Collected a singular picture(board)!
But this hypothesis of a terrorist crime(murder) lasts long, pleads in Wadleigh To exaggerate on the greed of the international multinationals which plunder the Third World. The forensic scientist, the aerial Grégory Hines
Discover curious one hair on one of the victims, who cannot be, not at all of human origin!
Meanwhile, in totally ravaged Bronx,
Still one of the benefactions of the modernity, a homeless undergoes a little enviable fate(spell)...
Bronx, purulent canker in this fantastically wealthy America,
Thus attract(entice) our two investigators,
Which(Who) are magnetized by a carcass of church, near Charlotte StreetScene of the crime.
Curious paradox that the American dream, between luxurious Cadillac and districts destroyed(annulled) quasi-, which would rather remind a country at war!
The change of "focus" makes us glimpse the presence of an animal, in this Church, which measures, of the bell tower, our two policemen.
Dewey will have one bad feeling, with this Church, and will perceive(collect) an unfriendly presence,
Making our duet dash off!
At night, while New York falls asleep,
The death will still knock, on the Brooklyn Bridge.
The bridge(deck) of BrooklynSymbol of New York, is maintained by a company(society) which uses(employs) Indians, of which certain Eddie HoltActivist of the Indian cause which was already in jail, a good opportunity(occasion), for DeweyTo ask him(her) some questions on the trucidé of the day before(watch)!
At the top of Manhattan Bridge, opportunity(occasion) to put, again, on stage, the majestic skyline New Yorker,
The inspector Dewey Cross an old knowledge, Eddie Holt
Enigmatic character who knows maybe something about this unexplained series of murders!
But the Indian shows itself evasive,
Expressing himself by aphorisms with difficulty comprénsibles which instigate the curiosity of Dewey. The opportunity(occasion) for Wadleigh to dig on the Indian culture, people marginalized by the whites, the victim of the western modernity and which tries not to cut with its tradition millennium, of fusion(merger) with the Nature. The opportunity(occasion) pure the inspector to assist in curious one scene(stage) of transformation(processing), with one Eddie HoltWhich(Who) crosses(goes through) the banks of East River, nude,
Roaring in the death, as his(her,its) others abandoned by the western economic miracle, the wolves.
Seizing parallel(parallel line), between the Indian people and the troop of wolves, being both warriors, living in community, massacred by European materialism, victims of a technical progress which spread(pushed aside) those whom he(it) considered as impossible to adapt or harmful. In the glance of Dewey
The dismay conjugates in a certain fascination, And the inspector understands thatEddieIs innocent, but that he(it) tries to make him(her) a diverted(hijacked) message pass!
Finney Learnt, at a naturalist, that the hair found on one of the corpses came from one " canis lupus " or more prosaically, of a wolf!
He(It) organizes, then, a small night-expedition(shipping) towards the Church in ruins, near Charlotte Street, in Bronx,
With his(her) buddy WhittingtonThe forensic scientist.
Bronx is deserted, the church, silent,
And DeweyNot liking it any more, decide to go to inspect the religious building, under the supervision of the friend doctor.
But a shade(shadow) steals in rubble, Whittington Is looked,
A black wolf, a gaping mouth,
Will leave no luck(chance) to the jurist!
Collapsed by the death of his friend, DeweyBrings(Shoots) down,
Look Eddie HoltThat he(it) finds in a pub with some friends, whose old Indian philosophizes.
In the evocation of the death of the death of WhittingtonAttacked(Affected) by a wolf, the leader with the white hair, answers him(her) by wild one indictment of white America, the progress of which privileges some and abandons so others, in particular "wolves" and Indians, victims of the hegemony materialist who destroyed(annulled) their territory and their culture!
Aboulique, DeweyMotionless, listen to the lesson of the philosopher, in front of an American flag, a rectangle of fabric(tissue) symbol of the unbridled imperialism of the WASP.
He(It) comes to look for an answer to an incomprehensible situation, where the rational approach(initiative) is vain, by recovering in the wisdom of these Indian people sacrificed on the altar of the progress, but which kept(guarded) a dignity without similar, resisting by referring to the sacred word of the former(ancient).
The inspector understood the attack in rule(ruler), and the analogy with wolves... The canis lupus defends(forbids) simply its territory, a piece of Bronx neglected by the men(people), and that Van der Veer Wanted to revitalize by a real estate project!
The people of wolves are as the Indian people, living in the suburb of the hyper-centres, finding their sustenance in alcoholic and sick homeless, produced by this consumer society which spreads(pushes aside) weaks(weaknesses).
The final confrontation is going to be spectacular, enters the police trio,
And a threatening pack of wolves,
Led by a white wolf.
As in the duels of Sergio Leone, the enemies settle,
Eyes in eyes,
In an ultimate challenge!
And Dewey Will understand(include) that these wolves want only to protect their territory, against the madness of the men(people), passing of a threatening posture,
In a peaceful attitude,
As to implore a forgiveness, in it majestic wolf, for the hostile actions(shares) of the men(people).
Ecological movie, in its way, pamphlet against the urban and technological civilization of the almighty west, Wolfen, stays an atypical fantasy movie, in sublime New York, urban summary of the architectural madness of the men(people), the immoderation of which contrasts with the simplicity of the Indian people, remained close to the nature and to the wolf, in particular. Here, the wolf is only the allegorical face(figure) of the lost " paradise ", of this nature forgotten by the scientific progress, which reconquers the margins abandoned by city centers, populated of left for account, victims of the modern company(society).
Wild pamphlet against the consumerist company(society) and western materialist, Michael Wadleigh Glorify "Big Apple", with his(her,its) panoramic views(sights) and his(her,its) abyssal high angle shots(dives) answering in close-up léoniens, use a style, sometimes " gore ", which calls back(reminds) the "bloody" Ar Gento, without ever falling in the voyeurism, varies, constantly, points of view, between the average American, the Indian and the wolf, without forgetting a metallic BO which élecrise the atmosphere! In brief, you will have understood that this Wolfen, is, for me, a small forgotten jewel, to acquire immediately!