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Milos Forman was the king of the biopic. Where most falter with being episodic, uncentered "greatest hits" bores, he manages to imbue his films with a purpose and focus all while keeping them fully entertaining and darkly funny. Harrelson is great and clearly loving this role, constantly searching for immediate pleasures (which are killing him) and fighting for his constitutional right to do so. An ethically complicated movie that asks you to set aside your own leanings to take in the bigger picture.
With his prior period pieces, Forman's methodical and patient camera seemed to practically revel in finding the tawdry and transgressive---exposed skin still pale from sartorial repression---in the midst of the ornate, classical, and luxurious. Juxtaposing diamond chandeliers with naked bodies, sprawling mansions with messy bedrooms, these films draw a direct line between the obscenity and malice of the ruling classes and the chaotic vulgarity of, to use the terms of the present example, "the people." Yet where as VALMONT zeroes in on the excesses of the French aristocracy of the Ancien Regime and AMADEUS focuses on the crushing conformity of the Viennese royal court, LARRY FLYNT takes aim at the hypocrisy of the American elite, the stifling morality of those who claim to protect the promise of the country while in truth attempting to extinguish the anarchy of real freedom. Gone are the manicured landscapes of French chateaus or the high ceilings of the opera house, and instead the camera lingers over the lifestyles of the modern rich and famous, from filthy strip clubs to gaudy gilded McMansions. In effect, Forman's camera is no less satirical and no less intrusive and no less honest than the cameras of Hustler magazine itself. Like Flynt explicitly comparing shots of dead bodies with women's bodies, the film rhetorically asks the viewer: What is truly the lewd, the improper, the immoral, the pornographic thing on display hereï¿ 1/2 1/2"the bodies that the mansions and high fashion aim to conceal, or those ostentatiously repressive things themselves?
69 sixty nine dude!! .
The best courtroom movie ever made!
Ok mediocre movie starring woody harelson. Woody as Larry flynt is amazing but I wasn’t a big fan of the plot.
The people vs Larry Flynt does justice in portraying an eccentric historical figure.
more innocence than you could ever hope or expect for..
The People VS. Larry Flynt
The People VS. Larry Flynt is a character driven dramatic biography about a disavowed man seeking the rights of a normal citizen.
Clocking at two hours, the feature is entirely busy that makes it thoroughly entertaining. And even though the "entertaining" part comes from the humorous aspect of it their also resides enough craft to work and explore in it. Forman's overt world is diplomatic and rubs the ethic with competitive arguments and debates that keeps the audience tangled in it.
Unlike any other biographies, it doesn't walk on usual structure but breaks barriers unflinchingly. The primary strength of the feature is the chemistry and relationship between the lead characters especially when it starts aging on screen and grows more innocence than you could ever hope or expect for.
It is short on technical aspects like sound department, costume design, cinematography and background score although it is edited aptly. The camera work is appreciative with dark and quirky theme that is palpable to the surrounding.
Harrelson has never been better with a sassy vocal that is both funny and effective at the same time. Norton too is doing some of his best work on supporting him with Love whose evolution is one of the best part of the feature. The writing is gripping, adaptive, layered and metaphorical that attains a perfect balance between humor and drama.
Armed with such strong script, Forman's execution exceeds the words that are projected in here on his own terms that is free from any rules. Pragmatic conversations, three dimensional characters and fragile love track at the heart of it are the high points of the feature.
The People VS. Larry Flynt is a Harrelson's passion as much as it of Forman's and fortunately, the communication is crystal clear with the audience.
This is a great biographical film based on the infamous Hustler magazine owner Larry Flint and his various battles with the US jurisdiction. Woody Harrlelson is in fine form as the titular character and Edward Norton, a new face when the film was made more than holds his own against far more experienced thespians. All in all if you enjoy court house films you will probably enjoy this one as well. Also Milos Forman is a legend who has made One flew over the cuckoo's nest and Amadeus and just for that you should give this one a shot.
Underrated, a must see.
Under Milos Forman's assured direction - which brings out the best from Woody Harrelson and Courtney Love - The People Vs. Larry Flynt turns out to be a compelling biopic.