Anyways, I think Willem Dafoe's performance was comparable to Triumph of the Spirit, as was the script and production. This time they're wreaking havoc in Paris, France, where Tommy's dad Stu is summoned after yet another one of his inventions took a dump. Dafoe is perfectly cast as John LeTour, a has been druggie trying to eke out an existence selling drugs while maintaining a facade of steering clear of trouble and lying to himself and others around him. Dafoe is at his most introspective self. He works for a dealer named Ann, who runs her operation as a business, but dreams of getting into another one - maybe she'll start a cosmetics firm. The story can impress people as very hokey. Schrader casts a dim eye on most of the proceedings in the place, but his revisiting of New York City in Light Sleeper, and whatever knowledge past you have of 1976's Taxi Driver, shows a clear fondness for the place; a fondness to keep going back and exploring new characters, operating under new situations and working with new problems floating around inside of their heads.
Delany is Marianne, LeTour's last great love who is both attracted to and repelled by what LeTour represents. Any legal issues regarding the free online movies on this website should be taken up with the appropriate media file owners or host sites since we are not affiliated with them. And he knows all about people living in a cocoon of themselves. Still, Dafoe's strong performance as well as Sarandon's carry things along nicely. Maybe a catastrophe would be a blessing in disguise.
This is a character driven story, and the characters are well-drawn. This, being refugees from the mystical sixties counter culture, gives them a spurious sense of security. Make no mistake, there'll be no light napping during this picture. See if you can spot them out. Scorsese selects actors that are full of energy and encouraged to radiate.
During one of his lonely, chauffeur-driven drop-offs through the night rain he meets a woman he was deeply involved with a few years back. This is Schrader's favourite film, perhaps his most personal. There were some priceless moments in which Dafoe made the art of acting appear effortless. Light Sleeper focuses on the midlife crisis of a drugs dealer, named John LeTour Willem Dafoe. It's about the way it was, both real and unreal, both fact and fantasy, for all those years so long ago. The dialogue, and even the acting, could have been taken from a thousand movie scenes where a detective questions a sleazy dope peddler -- Dafoe even takes on the traditional body language that we associate with such characters.
In a 2005 interview, Schrader called Light Sleeper his most personal film, and even ranked it number 11 on his list of favourite films of the 1990s. This idea is best explored in a scene set in a hospital. The film's attention to LeTour's element of unrequited love in his life is additionally well handled, somewhat seamlessly incorporated into the text by way of a series of nervous and unfortunate encounters. Willem Dafoe was awarded the as best actor. Willem Dafoe is obviously an actor held in high esteem by Mr. Dafoe pulled this off in spite of Scorsese's meddling.
In every one of his scripts he creates a world that moves on its own and pulls energy out of his hapless hero always a man, except when he tried it with his lover. While Ann contemplates switching to the cosmetics business, LeTour, who suffers from , has lost his perspective in life. But in the end, he realizes that it's all he has left to hang onto. Light Sleeper Year Released: 1992 Release Date: August 21, 1992 Genre: Drama Director: Paul Schrader Cast: Willem Dafoe, Susan Sarandon, Dana Delany, David Clennon, Mary Beth Hurt, Victor Garber, Jane Adams, Paul Jabara, Robert Cicchini, Sam Rockell, Rene Rivera, David Spade, Steve Posen, Ken Ladd, Brian Judge, Vinny Capone, Christopher Todd Northrup, Paul Stocker, Bernadette Jurkowski, Tatiana Von Furstenberg, Francesca Bonicoli, Elena Vannucci, Jeff Telvi, Jennifer Fowler, Gabrielle Stubbert Producer: Mario Kassar, Ronna Wallace, Linda Reisman, G Mac Brown Writer: Paul Schrader Lyrics: All our eyes have seen, All our arms embrace All comes crashing down, All comes face to face The beast is at the door ,The book is open wide Now to seal my fate, Now to step inside. The easy way to summarise the male lead we're given in Light Sleeper would be a comparison to Taxi Driver's Travis Bickle, as penned by Schrader. LeTour is a loner; he keeps a diary, although possesses better handwriting skills; attempts to talk and follow women he simply cannot have; and generally wanders.
It's the daydream of anyone who is being paid too much to do something that no longer matters to them; they'll quit one day, and do what they really want to do. But the context of his life, the rhythms of it, are very different. See how his face lights up when Sarandon invites him to lunch, how he passes through peoples' lives without staying, as though time is running out. LeTour has been concerned throughout the film that his luck is holding, even consulting a psychic to get favourable readings. At the time, I remember liking it a lot more than most of my friends and most of the critics. The device whereby Le Tour spends many hours writing his thoughts in an exercise book, throwing it away when he fills it, then starting another one, is so strong and startling that I put aside my usual dislike of narration.
Paul Schrader is a director whose films should be seen more often. They become prime movers in the universe we see. In Light Sleeper's case, it is Willem Dafoe's John LeTour, a middle aged man whom deals drugs; meets some pretty desperate individuals in the process; cannot connect that well with the women he wants most; is stalked by police men and generally tries to balance his on-going loneliness with his inability to really find his place in life. Delany and Susan Sarandon give major performances, Sarandon as a major supplier also looking to go straight as a cosmetic maven. We can see the success of Schrader's approach by comparing his work to Landis' underrated Into The Night 1985 , which takes sleeplessness as a theme, and in which the hero also ventures out into the unforgiving night.