The Funeral | Chicago Reader

The Funeral

No Abel Ferrara movie is devoid of interest, and this one (1996)—a period melodrama set in the 30s about brothers (Vincent Gallo, Christopher Walken, and Chris Penn) in a gangster family—certainly has some actorly punch (the cast also includes Benicio Del Toro, Annabella Sciorra, and Isabella Rossellini) as well as the sort of neo-Rembrandt atmospherics and gory histrionics one expects from such Godfather-ish material. But it also suggests that Ferrara, hampered as well as helped by his usual screenwriter, Nicholas St. John, doesn't have much aptitude for handling period.

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