Requiem for a Dream (2000)

102 mins | Drama | 3 November 2000

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HISTORY

In the opening credits for Requiem for a Dream , short scenes of a television game show called "Tappy Tibbon's Month of Fury" are seen. Time lapse sequencing, split screen editing and a technique Aronofsky refers to as "hip hop" editing, make the narrative cut rapidly back and forth between scenes. For the purpose of clarity, the summary above describes each scene completely before describing the next. A 23 Nov 1979 Var article states that Edgar J. Scherick and Associates were developing a film version of Requiem for a Dream , with plans for British director Alan Clarke to direct, however, it was not produced.
       According to the film's presskit, the film's director, Darren Aronofsky was born and raised in the Brighton Beach neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York and, as a freshmen in college,was inspired by author Hubert Selby Jr.'s writing. Aronofsky's mother, Charlotte Aronofsky, and his father, Abraham Aronofsky, both play small parts in the film. The film was shot on location at Coney Island and Brooklyn, New York. The scenes of the American South were also shot in New York. As noted in the onscreen credits, the film was developed with the financial assistance of the Sundance Institute.
       A 22 Aug 2000 DV article states that the film was given an NC-17 rating by the MPAA, but Artisan attempted to appeal the decision. By October 2000, Artisan released the film without a rating, however, according to a 4 Oct 2000 LAT article, several New York theaters insisted on giving the film an NC-17 rating for sexual content. A HR article of the same date ... More Less

In the opening credits for Requiem for a Dream , short scenes of a television game show called "Tappy Tibbon's Month of Fury" are seen. Time lapse sequencing, split screen editing and a technique Aronofsky refers to as "hip hop" editing, make the narrative cut rapidly back and forth between scenes. For the purpose of clarity, the summary above describes each scene completely before describing the next. A 23 Nov 1979 Var article states that Edgar J. Scherick and Associates were developing a film version of Requiem for a Dream , with plans for British director Alan Clarke to direct, however, it was not produced.
       According to the film's presskit, the film's director, Darren Aronofsky was born and raised in the Brighton Beach neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York and, as a freshmen in college,was inspired by author Hubert Selby Jr.'s writing. Aronofsky's mother, Charlotte Aronofsky, and his father, Abraham Aronofsky, both play small parts in the film. The film was shot on location at Coney Island and Brooklyn, New York. The scenes of the American South were also shot in New York. As noted in the onscreen credits, the film was developed with the financial assistance of the Sundance Institute.
       A 22 Aug 2000 DV article states that the film was given an NC-17 rating by the MPAA, but Artisan attempted to appeal the decision. By October 2000, Artisan released the film without a rating, however, according to a 4 Oct 2000 LAT article, several New York theaters insisted on giving the film an NC-17 rating for sexual content. A HR article of the same date states that Artisan agreed to make a print of the film adding that no one under 17 would be permitted admission to the film, however, the print viewed did not have the warning.
       The film was selected by AFI as one of the top ten films of 2000. Ellen Burstyn received the 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead for her performance and Matthew Libatique received the organization's Best Cinematographer award. Burstyn was also nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award and a Best Actress Golden Globe award. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
19 Mar 1999.
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Daily Variety
17 May 2000.
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Daily Variety
22 Aug 2000.
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Entertainment Weekly
13 Oct 2000
pp. 49-50.
Entertainment Weekly
3 Nov 2000.
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Entertainment Weekly
22-29 Dec 2000.
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Hollywood Reporter
16 May 2000
p. 12, 119.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Oct 2000.
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Los Angeles Times
4 Oct 2000.
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Los Angeles Times
20 Oct 2000.
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New York Times
6 Oct 2000.
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New Yorker
9 Oct 2000.
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People
6 Nov 2000.
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Screen International
1 Sep 2000.
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Time
16 Oct 2000.
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US Weekly
23 Oct 2000.
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Variety
23 Nov 1979.
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Variety
22 May 2000.
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CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Ellen Burstyn
Big Tim Party Girls:
Party Animals:
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Film by Darren Aronofsky
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
Co-exec prod
Line prod
Co-prod
Co-prod
Co-prod
Co-prod
WRITERS
Tappy Tibbons created by
"Month of Fury" created by
"Month of Fury" created by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Film loader
Dir of photog apprentice
Stills photog
Addl 1st asst cam
Addl 1st asst cam
Addl 2d asst cam
Addl 2d asst cam
Addl cam loader
Addl cam loader
Addl cam loader
B cam op
B cam op
Steadicam op
Steadicam op
Steadicam 1st asst cam
Milo tech
Milo tech
Milo op
Milo asst cam
Still photog for artwork by
Video eng, Tappy Tibbons Show
Video cam op, Tappy Tibbons Show
Video cam op, Tappy Tibbons Show
Video cam op, Tappy Tibbons Show
Gaffer
Best boy elec
Genny op
Genny op
Dimmer board
Company elec
Company elec
Company elec
Company elec
Company elec
Company elec
Addl gaffer
Addl best boy elec
Addl company elec
Addl company elec
Addl company elec
Addl company elec
Key grip
Best boy grip
Dolly grip
Company grips
Company grip
Company grip
24-Frame video consultant
24-Frame video op
24-Frame stand-by video op
Dailies projectionist
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Art dept coord
Art dept/graphics asst
Art dept intern
FILM EDITORS
Ed, Tappy Tibbons Show
Negative cutter
Asst ed
Asst ed, Tappy Tibbons Show
Asst ed, Tappy Tibbons Show
Apprentice ed
Assoc ed
Addl television ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Leadman
Set dresser
Set dresser
On set dresser
Charge scenic artist
Cam scenic
Scenic foreman
Scenic artist
Scenic artist
Scenic artist
Scenic artist
Addl scenics
Addl scenics
Addl scenics
Addl scenics
Addl scenics
Addl scenics
Addl scenics
Addl scenics
Addl scenics
Addl scenics
Prop master
Asst prop master
Props
Armorer
Const coord
Key craftsman
Shop craftsman
Key const grip
2d const grip
Const grip
Const grip
Const grip
Shop elec
Stage mgr
Addl const grip
COSTUMES
Asst cost des
Ward supv
Ward supv
Cost asst
Ward intern
Ward intern
Ward intern
Addl ward supv
Addl asst ward
Red dresses des
Asst cost des
Tyrone's orig jewelery des
MUSIC
Orig score
with string quartets performed by
Kronos Quartet member
Kronos Quartet member
Kronos Quartet member
Kronos Quartet member
Mus prod
Mus rec eng/Mus mixed by
Mus mixed by
Mus rec asst
Mus rec asst
Mus rec asst
SOUND
Sd des
Supv sd ed/ADR ed
Sd mixer
Stand-by sd mixer
Sd ed and des
Sd eff des and ed
Dial ed/Mus ed
Dial ed
Mus ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
ADR rec
ADR rec
ADR rec
ADR rec
ADR rec
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Post prod re-rec and scoring services provided by
Foley artist
Foley asst
Foley asst
Foley asst
Foley mixer
Foley mixer
Foley mixer
Foley mixer
Foley mixer
Skywalker sd tech staff
Skywalker sd tech staff
Skywalker sd tech staff
Skywalker sd tech staff
Skywalker sd tech staff
Skywalker sd tech staff
Skywalker sd tech staff
Skywalker sd tech staff
Skywalker sd tech staff
Skywalker sd tech staff
Skywalker sd tech staff
Skywalker sd tech staff
Skywalker sd tech staff
Skywalker sd tech staff
Dolby sd consultant
Digital ed
Tech eng
VISUAL EFFECTS
Digital eff/Graphics, Tappy Tibbons Show
Visual eff des and supv
Visual eff des and supv
Spec eff coord
Spec eff leadman
Spec eff asst
Spec eff asst
Eff dubbing, Tappy Tibbons Show
Eff dubbing, Tappy Tibbons Show
Digital scanning rec and compositing
Eff prod, Film East
Digital supv, Film East
Compositor
Compositor
Coord asst
Graphics, Tappy Tibbons Show
MAKEUP
Key makeup
Asst makeup
Addl asst makeup
Key hair
Asst hair
Addl hair stylist
Hair des for Ms. Burstyn
Sara Goldfarb's wigs by
Spec makeup and prosthetic eff
Key artist and makeup eff coord
Chief lab tech
Addl sculptor and artist
Fabricator
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Casting
Casting
Refrigerator puppeteer
Unit prod mgr
Key set pa
Prod coord
Asst prod coord
Asst to dir
Asst to prod
Prod secy
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Intern
Intern
Intern
Intern
Intern
Intern
Loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Loc scout
Loc scout
Loc scout
Loc intern
Storyboard artist
Casting assoc
Casting assoc
Casting asst
Extras casting
Extras casting asst
Dialect coach
Designer consultant
Medical adv
Medical adv
Police adv
Mgr, Tappy Tibbons Show
Science stock photog courtesy of
Product placement/Clearance coord
Video clearances
Prod accountant
Asst prod accountant
Parking coord
Parking prod asst
1st asst
2d asst
Craft service
Transportation capt
Transportation co-capt
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Post prod supv
Post prod coord
Public ralations for Protozoa
Publicity, MPRM Public Relations
Publicity, MPRM Public Relations
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novella Requiem for a Dream by Hubert Selby, Jr. (New York, 1978).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
3 November 2000
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 6 October 2000
Los Angeles opening: 20 October 2000
Production Date:
1999
Copyright Claimant:
Requiem for a Dream, LLC 2000
Copyright Date:
2000
Copyright Number:
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Digital in selected theatres
Color
DeLuxe Toronto col prints
gauge
35mm
Lenses/Prints
Panavision Cameras and Lenses
Duration(in mins):
102
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Aging widow Sara Goldfarb lives alone in a high-rise apartment building in the Brighton Beach neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. One summer day her only child Harry, an aimless young man, visits her, steals her television set and pawns it to buy drugs. After Harry and his friend, Tyrone C. Love, "get high" on the drugs, they wander through the Coney Island amusement park, making plans to deal large quantities of heroin and use the profits to retire. In the days that follow, Sara buys back the television set, as she has done many times before, from pawnshop owner Mr. Rabinowitz, who suggests that Sara ask the police for help with her son. Sara refuses, explaining that Harry is all that she has. Back at home, while she watches her favorite game show "Tappy Tibbon's Month of Fury," Sara is offered a chance to appear on a television show by a phone solicitor. Longing for the days when her family was together, she immediately imagines herself on stage in the slim-fitting red dress she wore to Harry's high school graduation. When Sara discovers she is too plump to fit into the dress, her friend helps her start a strict diet and Sara becomes obsessed with all the foods that she is now forbidden to eat. Meanwhile, Harry and his girl friend, Marion Silver, discuss their future. Marion, who feels abandoned by her wealthy family, receives support and encouragement from Harry to open her own clothing design business. Days later, Sara is chatting with her older female friends on the sidewalk outside the high-rise, when the mailman delivers the television appearance application package. All of the women then excitedly help ... +


Aging widow Sara Goldfarb lives alone in a high-rise apartment building in the Brighton Beach neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. One summer day her only child Harry, an aimless young man, visits her, steals her television set and pawns it to buy drugs. After Harry and his friend, Tyrone C. Love, "get high" on the drugs, they wander through the Coney Island amusement park, making plans to deal large quantities of heroin and use the profits to retire. In the days that follow, Sara buys back the television set, as she has done many times before, from pawnshop owner Mr. Rabinowitz, who suggests that Sara ask the police for help with her son. Sara refuses, explaining that Harry is all that she has. Back at home, while she watches her favorite game show "Tappy Tibbon's Month of Fury," Sara is offered a chance to appear on a television show by a phone solicitor. Longing for the days when her family was together, she immediately imagines herself on stage in the slim-fitting red dress she wore to Harry's high school graduation. When Sara discovers she is too plump to fit into the dress, her friend helps her start a strict diet and Sara becomes obsessed with all the foods that she is now forbidden to eat. Meanwhile, Harry and his girl friend, Marion Silver, discuss their future. Marion, who feels abandoned by her wealthy family, receives support and encouragement from Harry to open her own clothing design business. Days later, Sara is chatting with her older female friends on the sidewalk outside the high-rise, when the mailman delivers the television appearance application package. All of the women then excitedly help Sara fill out the application. Later at Tyrone's apartment, after he and Harry inject heroin, Harry fantasizes that he is walking alone to the end of a pier toward Marion, who turns to him smiling, filling him with joy. At the high-rise, Sara watches the game show, which promises to transform her life, if she would decide to remove red meat and refined sugar from her diet. When Sara's cravings become overwhelming, she gets a diet pill prescription from an unscrupulous physician and returns home, scoffing at the refrigerator, the symbol of her cravings. The pills make her frenetic, and as she cleans and rearranges her entire household, she begins to fidget and sweat profusely. Uptown one evening, Marion sees Arnold, her psychiatrist, to satisfy her parents' demands. On the street, Harry and Tyrone sell the heroin and use part of the huge profits to finance Marion's clothing business. Harry, happy that he might finally be on his way to a satisfying life, visits his mother and apologizes for his past behavior. At her apartment, he notices that Sara is gaunt and grinding her teeth, and asks if she is on drugs. Sara admits to taking diet pills, but, claiming that she has no reason to live without a husband or son to look after, refuses to give up the one thing that makes her feel good and helps her lose weight. Harry begs her to quit, knowing from experience how drugs can destroy her life, but she demurs. Late one night, while Tyrone is meeting some drug dealers to discuss increasing his job responsibilities, gun fire is exchanged and Tyrone is caught by the police. Harry bails Tyrone out of jail and reports that most of their money has been lost because of a drug war between Italians and Blacks. Drugs are in short supply and very expensive. The following fall, Marion and Harry, having become increasingly addicted to heroin, isolate themselves in Marion's apartment. They bicker over the last of their drug supply and at Harry's request, Marion has sex with Arnold to earn money for drugs. The betrayal ruins her relationship with Harry and emotionally devastates them. When a drug shipment finally arrives in town, Tyrone and Harry wait in line with hundreds of others at a convenience store loading dock. As the anxious crowd pushes towards the dealers, someone fires a shot and Harry returns to Marion without drugs. Frustrated by Marion's insatiable need for drugs, Harry gives her the telephone number of a pimp named Big Tim, who will provide heroin in exchange for her prostituting herself. Meanwhile, the effect of the diet pills is dwindling for Sara and she increases her dosage, causing her to hallucinate that she is actually on the game show. In her mind, the show's host appears in her apartment with the glamorous television version of Sara and they criticize and laugh at the real Sara along with the television audience. Suddenly the walls break apart, revealing that her entire apartment is a television set. Everyone then parades around her reclining chair, chanting "feed me Sara, feed me Sara." Sara, disheveled and unkept, flees the apartment and takes the subway to Malin and Block, the company that promised her a television appearance. There, she demands to know why they have not called her. The office personnel, certain that Sara is mentally ill, call the police, who take her to a psychiatric ward. Spurred by the possibility of obtaining drugs in Florida, Tyrone and Harry drive south, but when Harry begins to writhe in pain from an infection in his arm caused by injecting drugs, Tyrone takes him to a hospital and both are jailed for possession. In New York, Marion, desperate for heroin, prostitutes herself to Big Tim and returns to her apartment, numb and vomiting. She receives a call from Harry, who tearfully apologizes. When she blankly asks him to come home, he agrees, although they both know it is impossible to renew their relationship. In the psychiatric ward, Sara, completely incapable of communicating, fails to respond to the hospital attendants' attempts to force-feed her, and so the doctor orders electric shock treatment. Marion, emotionally dead from the drugs and her loss, returns to Big Tim, who pimps Marion and another girl to a group of businessmen, who viciously encourage the young women's depravity. She returns home, cradling the package of drugs she received in her arms. Somewhere in the South, Tyrone serves his time in jail doing grueling day labor and lulling himself to sleep each night with images of his mother's comfort. Harry is finally taken to a hospital by prison authorities and his arm is amputated. When he wakes up from his surgery, he hallucinates that he is running toward Marion, who is standing at the end of the pier, but she disappears before he can reach the end. As he backs up, he plummets from the top of the building seen in his dream. On her bed in the ward, Sara lies brain dead from the treatments and falls asleep smiling, her head filled with fantasies of Harry and her husband together with her on television. +

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