Homicide, Life on the Street

Homicide, Life on the Street

The Complete Seasons 1 & 2

DVD - 2003
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1994 - David Simon can only make great TV.

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Gary Geiserman
Feb 18, 2014

Early entry (1993-1999) in what has become the writer-completely-in-charge 'golden age of tv' formally kicked off later by "The Sopranos" (1999-2007). Based on David Simon's book, Simon was asked to write some episodes, which got him into tv and later to "The Wire". >>>>>>> Two things make up the Levinson/Fontana/Attanasio style: Friedkin's ("The French Connection") guerilla method of hand-held cameras 'hunting' the actors, who move wherever they want within the area, and ‘jump-cut’ editing of what would normally be static continuity. The combination is electric and intense; ass is being kicked. Dialog purposely doesn't match what's on camera, dialog doesn't always match what the actors are doing ("Pulp Fiction" didn't come out until 1994). And this is NBC! Season 2 had only 4 episodes and low ratings (ultimately went 7 seasons). >>>>> Some great actors, some charismatic, some fun. Andre Braugher is at his best, Melissa Leo, heavy-weight. Origin of Belzer's Munch who has a lot to say. Clark Johnson acts and has gone on to be a key director of many great cable tv shows. <<<<< I don't know about the 'inside' stuff, but as a watcher of tv, this is a seminal place for what came after and took over.


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