Bringing Out the Dead: A Screenplay (Faber and Faber Screenplays)

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9780571204892: Bringing Out the Dead: A Screenplay (Faber and Faber Screenplays)

The screenplay for Martin Scorsese's most recent film, starring Nicolas Cage, a work of stunning power aobut a burned-out New York paramedic who is hooked on the addictive thrill--and terror--of saving lives.

In this "surprisingly funny and very moving" (San Francisco Chronicle) film, based on Joe Connelly's acclaimed novel, Martin Scorsese once again explored the dark streets of New York and the desperate lives of its inhabitants that he and screenwriter Paul Schrader had first confronted in their classic film Taxi Driver. This time the focus of Schrader's blistering writing is a paramedic named Frank Pierce, a man who has seen so many people die that he is caught between his compulsion to save lives and his fear and terror of losing them. Haunted by the ghost of a young girl he inadvertently killed, Frank and one of his partners bring an old man back to life, even though they both know they should have let him die rather than prolong his agony. While Frank is forced to watch the comatose man slowly fail, he is drawn to the dying man's daughter, Mary, a sometime addict, who first sees Frank as a possible savior before, ultimately, seeing him as a kind of killer.

Hard-edged yet insightful, angry yet full of compassion for the fatally flawed, Bringing Out the Dead is another tour de force by Schrader, in which the harsh realities of urban life-and one man's struggle with it-are conveyed with an immediacy and force that are both riveting and deeply moving.

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For nearly a decade author Joe Connelly rushed from emergency to emergency as a paramedic in the Hell's Kitchen area of New York City. This is the novel he wrote to purge, perhaps redeem, the torment of his experiences in the trenches with the dying and the barely living. Connelly seems to be a born writer, for this first novel makes brilliant use of unflinching realism, dark and brittle humor, a faint whiff of the supernatural, and, above all, the poignancy of a human soul that chooses slow self-destruction rather than shutting itself off to the suffering of others. As Patrick McGrath--another writer of dark literary fiction--writes, "The author's vision is both bleak and compassionate; his control of his explosive material is masterly. This is strong stuff, full of heart, engaging, harrowing, and real." You won't be able to let this one out of your sight until you've finished reading it, and it will linger long after you've put it down. --Fiona Webster

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Perhaps only someone who has worked for almost a decade as a medic in New York City's Hell's Kitchen--as Joe Connelly has--could write a novel as riveting and fiercely authentic as Bringing Out the Dead. Like a front-line reporter, Connelly writes from deep within the experience, and the result is a debut novel of extraordinary power and intensity.
In Frank Pierce, a brash EMS medic working the streets of Hell's Kitchen, Connelly gives us a man who is being destroyed by the act of saving people. Addicted to the thrill ("the best drug in the world") and the mission of the job, Frank is nevertheless drowning in five years' worth of grief and guilt--his own and others': "my primary role was less about saving lives than about bearing witness." His wife has left him, he's drinking on the job, and just a month ago he "helped to kill" an eighteen-year-old asthmatic girl. Now she's become the waking nightmare of all his failures: hallucination and projection ("the ghosts that once visited my dreams had followed me out to the street and were now talking back"), and as real to him as his own skin. And in reaction to her death, Frank has desperately resurrected a patient back into a life now little better than death.
In a narrative that moves with the furious energy of an ambulance run, we follow Frank through two days and nights: into the excitement and dread of the calls; the mad humor that keeps the medics afloat; the memories, distant and recent, through which Frank reminds himself why he became a medic and tries, in vain, to convince himself to give it up. And we are with him as he faces his newest ghost: the resurrected patient, whose demands to be released into death might be themost sensible thing Frank has heard in months, if only he would listen.
Bringing Out the Dead is a stunning novel.

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Descrizione libro FABER FABER, United Kingdom, 2000. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Main. Language: English . Brand New Book. The author of Taxi Driver returns to the darkest streets of New York City for another story of lost souls. It is the early 1990s: Frank Pierce is an EMS paramedic, driving an ambulance through the city s darkest streets on the graveyard shift . Surrounded by the injured and the dying, Frank is dwelling in an urban night-world, and crumbling under the accumulated weight of too many years spent saving - and losing - lives. Bringing Out the Dead is the account of fifty-six hours in Frank s life - two days and three nights on the job - as, hungering for redemption, he reaches the very brink of spiritual collapse. Paul Schrader s fourth collaboration with director Martin Scorsese continues their fascinated exploration of the lives of drifting, soulful, lonely characters. Codice libro della libreria AA99780571204892

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Descrizione libro FABER FABER, United Kingdom, 2000. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Main. Language: English . Brand New Book. The author of Taxi Driver returns to the darkest streets of New York City for another story of lost souls. It is the early 1990s: Frank Pierce is an EMS paramedic, driving an ambulance through the city s darkest streets on the graveyard shift . Surrounded by the injured and the dying, Frank is dwelling in an urban night-world, and crumbling under the accumulated weight of too many years spent saving - and losing - lives. Bringing Out the Dead is the account of fifty-six hours in Frank s life - two days and three nights on the job - as, hungering for redemption, he reaches the very brink of spiritual collapse. Paul Schrader s fourth collaboration with director Martin Scorsese continues their fascinated exploration of the lives of drifting, soulful, lonely characters. Codice libro della libreria AA99780571204892

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Descrizione libro Faber & Faber. Paperback. Condizione libro: new. BRAND NEW, Bringing Out the Dead: Screenplay, Paul Schrader, Joe Connelly, The author of "Taxi Driver" returns to the darkest streets of New York City for another story of lost souls. It is the early 1990s: Frank Pierce is an EMS paramedic, driving an ambulance through the city's darkest streets on the 'graveyard shift'. Surrounded by the injured and the dying, Frank is dwelling in an urban night-world, and crumbling under the accumulated weight of too many years spent saving - and losing - lives. "Bringing Out the Dead" is the account of fifty-six hours in Frank's life - two days and three nights on the job - as, hungering for redemption, he reaches the very brink of spiritual collapse. Paul Schrader's fourth collaboration with director Martin Scorsese continues their fascinated exploration of the lives of drifting, soulful, lonely characters. Codice libro della libreria B9780571204892

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