It’s easy to forget that even the most talented filmmakers have to start somewhere – including Darren Aronofsky. The man behind the forthcoming biblical epic Noah has been making movies for years, and this short – an adaptation of Hubert Selby Jr.’s Fortune Cookie shot while he was at the American Film Institute – has now turned up online.
It’s interesting to see this early effort from Aronofsky for a number of reasons. It showcases a young talent starting to find his cinematic voice, for starters, but it also is our first inkling of Aronofsky’s fascination with Selby Jr.’s work. The director would return to adapt the writer’s Requiem for a Dream years later.
Like all student films, Fortune Cookie is a bit rough around the edges and features some dubious acting, but if you look closely you can definitely see the future Aronofsky in some of the scene compositions and technical aspects.
The clip features a fair amount of rough language, so it’s definitely not safe for work, but Aronofsky fans will want to check this one out.
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