Monday, February 27, 2012

School of Elmore

"Babe Ruth: Tremendous ballplayer. But he doesn't step to the plate. Because he's dead. You and I, on the other hand. We step to the plate."

-- Gus Demitriou (Dennis Farina) in Luck Episode 1.5, written by David Milch and Scott Willson. 02/26/12, HBO.


Tulkinghorn said...

Good stuff...

The screenwriters who are of the "School of Elmore" -- let's call out Tarantino, Milch, and the sub-school of David Simon -- are also masters of the extended Elizabethan soliloquy and the banter of Shakespearean clowns.

How does THAT happen?

David Chute said...

We've learned that George V. Higgins was an influence on Elmore. so he's part of where it came from. (Cf. the grilled cheese sandwich rant in "Eddie Coyle.")

The chorus of four degenerate gamblers played on "Luck" by Ritchie Coster, Kevin Dunn, Jason Gedrick and Ian Hart fill the clown roles admirably.