The film of the month: “Trainspotting” by Danny Boyle

“Hollywood, your time has run out,” wrote film critics in 1996. It’s time to move – came Danny Boyle, brought a big needle and a fun dirty heroin.
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Release one of the most anticipated sequels of the year “T2 Trainspotting” Danny Boyle — has caused many fans of this Director to refresh your memory, the story of the original film. At the request of the IMDb film critic Xenia Rozhdestvenskaya told about how the event was “On the needle” (“Trainspotting”) twenty years ago.

“I choose life. I’ll like you”

“Trainspotting” is a film about betrayal, drugs and shit, shot for half a million pounds, with an almost unknown young actors. In the role of Edinburgh and Glasgow, in the role of heroin — water, a cold pill and some cocoa, the role of the shit — chocolate. But the frantic pulse of the youth, but the euphoria, but passion is the real thing.

A film shot on this Scottish that American audiences had to be redubbed the first twenty minutes. The film, which the Scots called shotlandskoi shit, and the new, mean life started in London. A movie where a drug were compared with the best orgasm, amplified a thousand times; a movie where a child died, a friend died, and the Eulogy has always been only one: “to get high”. The film, which now, with the advent of the second “Trainspotting”, became a fashionable accessory like skinny jeans, ravenskih points or faith in a brighter future. Like with “Trainspotting” and started the fashion for these jeans, like he was the main event of the era of Cool Britannia, he made a pop song Lou reed “Perfect Day”, he legalized heroin chic. If you want to see a good series about recovery from addiction or about this subject I suggest you to watch recovery road full episode buy the way it is available on Netflix.

In fact, “Trainspotting” didn’t do. He did much more — he caught the time.

The debut — and best — novel by Irvine Welsh of “Trainspotting” was released in 1993. Welch wrote that well knew, drew the portraits of young junkies, the port suburb of Edinburgh. Present the social bottom. Heroin, AIDS, sex, football, a variety of meaningless gestures, and above all this hypocritical advertising appeals of the middle class “choose life.” “Get a life. Choose certificates, choose washing machines, choose cars, sit on the couch and watch mind numbing and depressing the spirit of game shows, stuffing his mouth ****** (fucking — Approx. ed.) shit. Choose the expansion, abassis and shit in their own house and look in horror at the selfish, ******* (dumb — Approx. ed.) geeks, which you brought into the world. Get a life”

In the film, this phrase was different: “Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose family. Choose a fucking big TV. <...> But why would I do that? I did not choose life. I chose something else. Reason? No reason. What could be reasons when you’ve got heroin?” The first words in the film — the most important words of the 1990s and then the 2000s. Many, including the film’s protagonist, mark Renton, accepted the call to “get a life” seriously, although the whole film was that choosing life sometimes means to betray.

The plot everyone knows: a few heroin addicts more or less fun trying to get off the needle; some succeed, some die from AIDS. Then they tucked a large batch of heroin, they sell it, one of them takes all the money and escapes. Sharing, however, with the most innocuous the companion. “The truth is that I am a scoundrel. But I corrected, will be corrected. I choose life. I’ll be like you.”

Drugs is not a reason for socialist realism

By that time, as Director Danny Boyle has read “Trainspotting”, he has already made “Shallow grave” — a dark Comedy about how money and mutilated corpses affect friendships. Roman Welch Boyle called an “amazing read,” disturbing, annoying, outrageous, but admitted that “impossible to resist”. The appeal of the novel, for Boyle was that the Welsh were forced to look at junkies like living people, focused on their view of the reader, and the reader then does not really want to look at dirt, more interested in intellectual games. The novel became a hit, he was put in the theatre in Edinburgh (by the way, Ewan Bremner, who Boyle played a Cob song was Renton). And actor Stephen fry, talking, parties performed a disgusting funny episode from the book — “the Worst toilet in Scotland”, the one where the hero delves into the toilet to find opium suppositories.
“Trainspotting” wanted to film many, but Welsh was categorically against both the socialist realistic and art-house approaches to the novel. Show heroin plague, social doom, work out important questions, put it in a kind? Boyle, his screenwriter John Hodge and producer Andrew McDonald had a completely different vision of the film. Welch said: “We do not need another Ken Loach.” Drugs are not a reason for socialist realism.

In the mid-1990s, the most important films were films that were not made according to patterns. In 1994, “Pulp Fiction” and “The Chunking Express” were published, in 1995 – “Seven”, “Children”, “Ghost in the Shell”, “Common Suspects” and “12 Monkeys”, in 1996 – ” Fargo, Breaking the Waves, From Dusk Till Dawn. And “On the needle” – a movie clip, a film-parish, a film-escape. He was removed in seven weeks, the budget was 1.5 million pounds.

In the script from the book there was one main storyline – the story of Mark Renton, the original alter ego of Irwin Welch. Shot in Glasgow in an abandoned cigarette factory. Almost all the interiors of the film were built there. From this it seems that the heroes, moving between apartments and squats, do not actually move anywhere, they are all about the same.

Irwin Welch himself played in the movie of drug dealer Mike Forrester (in the second “Trainispotting” his hero zakabaneel and obryuzg), producer Andrew McDonald – the buyer of the Victorian townhouse, and John Hodge – the guard in the opening scene. The actors were also not very well known: Ewan Bremner played at the theater, Ewan McGregor had previously played with Boyle in the “Shallow Grave”, and Kelly McDonald was generally found on the street, just came up and invited to try.

Danny Boyle forced actors to reconsider the old films about rebellious youth (“Pool”, “a Clockwork orange”) and to learn from the experience of former addicts. How to prepare a drug, feels like a man trying to get rid of the dependence, and, most importantly, how you can stop using drugs (answer: no, you never gave up on drugs, but if you’re lucky, the drugs will leave you) — all this to the authors of “Trainspotting” told former junkies, members of a football club Calton Athletic Recovery Group designed specifically for those who quit drug addicts. By the way, they appear in the beginning of the film, in the episode with the football. Boyle, McGregor and johnny Lee Miller came to the meetings Calton Athletic and listened to the stories about how someone “chose life”.

The film is shot like a big clip: quick installation, heroin, slow – pulse.

Wide angle lens in some scenes claustrophobically makes the atmosphere even more unbearable, and the color palette of the film, according to Boyle, is inspired by the expressionist nightmares of the artist Francis bacon. Now and then flashed quotes from movies and books. The inscription on the wall in the club “Volcano” follows the inscription of “a Clockwork orange”, only I think the club has the word “MOLOKO”, and the Boyle — “VOLOKO”. In the final, many see an allusion to “Once in America”. And the scene in “the worst toilet of Scotland” — a kind of adaptation of an episode of “gravity Rainbow” by Thomas Pynchon, where Linetrap dives into the toilet for a harmonica, thinking about blacks, and “in a moment the brown gloom around begins to lighten, like the dawn.” In the book of Welsh hero just rummaging in the back seat of Pynchon is the hero, diving, gets to bitter salts of the Atlantic. The whole oratorio shit, repeated Boyle, under “Deep Blue Day” by Brian Eno.

In some cases installation is completely dependent on the soundtrack, as in music videos. The music in “Trainspotting” almost more important than visuals. The soundtrack deserves a separate research. It came out in two volumes: the first volume of music from the movie, the second — the music that inspired the authors. It sold more than 700,000 copies of the two volumes. Run under Iggy Pop, to die in Lou reed to decide to get off the needle under the “Carmen” experience a hard withdrawal by “Underworld” — in the book, and the film music is confused with the thoughts and feelings of the characters. Want to experience the feeling mark Renton, including “Perfect Day”.

And, most importantly, this film is about those who runs away. Someone running from the guards, someone from the responsibility of someone from their character, someone from drugs. In the final Renton, getting into the hands of a lot of money, their own and others, doing what is does best — runs. Throw, until I throw you. Scottish gingerbread from grandma’s gone, grandpa’s gone, heroin is gone, and you, foolish youth, and even more so go.

About and ends youth: when you “choose life”.