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The Art World According to Martin Scorsese

Rosanna Arquette as Paulette, Lione's assistant/former girlfriend, and Buscemi as Gregory Stark. (Courtesy http://buscemovies.tumblr.com)

Though it was snubbed by the Academy last night, failing to cash in on any of its five Oscar nominations, The Wolf of Wall Street has been the season’s most-discussed blockbuster. Ever since the Martin Scorsese saga made its splashy debut on Christmas Day, viewers and critics have been maligning its excesses, usually arguing that it glorifies some seriously bad behavior, while others have rushed to defend it as a masterpiece. The film, which narrowly avoided an NC-17 rating by means of an 11th-hour edit that brought the appearances of bare breasts and acts involving them down to sub-stratospheric numbers, follows the career of Jordan Belfort, a debauched penny stock swindler with epic appetites for women and drugs. A couple decades back, Mr. Scorsese trained his camera on another world characterized by wealth, materialism, lavish parties, frequent bouts of nudity and more than a couple criminals: New York’s art world. Read More