When the madman straightened the world |

Yes, it’s a rush, and yes, we can’t repeat it enough, especially in view of today’s films: With a strong script around an intelligent story, everything goes on the screen! Even Without Money: Director Richard Kelly had a meager four and a half million dollars at the end of the 90s to …

Yes, it’s a rush, and yes, we can’t repeat it enough, especially in view of today’s films: With a strong script around an intelligent story, everything goes on the screen! Even Without Money: Director Richard Kelly had a meager four and a half million dollars in the late ’90s to shoot his initially bizarre “Donnie Darko” screenplay – and given that financial framework, there were only 28 days left . Nevertheless, the man, who subsequently in fact no longer appeared cinematographically, under these conditions created one of the most remarkable films in recent cinema history, which is partly science fiction, part of the psychogram, part of the thriller, sometimes of the drama of the majority or even a bizarre comedy, therefore stripped of any genre by using it only marginally. Essentially, it’s about the seemingly psychotic student Donald “Donnie” Darko, who is generally considered a madman – but ultimately, since he’s the only one who recognizes the parallel-universal time loop in which the whole story is. Stuck, his downcast girlfriend with a time-saving “reboot” – and giving his own for what he sees to turn the world around again. That the “madman” sometimes has the only clear thoughts at his high school in the small town of Middlesex between religious sectarianism and the philistine bourgeoisie, ruined dreams and the rather helpless attempts of the generation of parents to bring happiness at least for their children, figures a secret hero of his time – and actor Jake Gyllenhaal to the upcoming superstar. Because although the film was so commercially unsuccessful in the United States that it never even hit German theaters and was released direct on DVD after its July 21 premiere at Fantasy Filmfest, it did. quickly found a host of die-hard fans among moviegoers. Which was also due to the strong cast: in addition to Jake’s sister Maggie Gyllenhaal (as Donnie’s sister), among others, Drew Barrymore, who was hardly taken artistically seriously at the era, gave an excellent performance as a teacher, which probably gave him the title “to be taken seriously” for the first time. Also brilliant is Patrick Swayze, whom no one expected back then as the Abyss cult leader. Nice supporting roles are played with actors like Seth Rogen, Mary McDonnell or James Duval. Above all, it’s the always surprising way of branching out stories that makes “Donnie Darko” a timeless pleasure – with tremendous potential as a meme giver: knowing that the supposedly prettiest English word is “cellar door”, therefore “cellar door” Only people who absorbed the film and now recognize themselves around the world by this term. Series like “Stranger Things” or “Dark” are hardly conceivable without “Donnie Darko” – only that the stripe seems much less accentuated despite its also rather dark texture. And the retro wave of ’80s success that started around this time is also due to the film, as songs by Duran Duran or Joy Division were included as music. The charts prove how hard the strip has hit via rental video stores in Europe only: The scaled-down version of Michael Andrews ‘film cover of Tears For Fears’ “Mad World” landed at No. 1 in UK charts in 2003.

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