Page 8-The Michigan Daily - Friday, January 11, 1991
De Palma does wrong stuff
The Bonfire of the
dir. Brian De Palma
by Gregg Flaxman
t seems ironic that Brian De
Palma, whose directorial style is the
cinematic equivalent of the most
tumid, bloated prose, should have
chosen a novel of such pop-journal-
istic style as Tom Wolfe's The Bon-
fire of the Vanities to bring to the
screen. The result of the unlikely
confrontation between De Palma and
the novel is a film with all the deft-
ness of the average Three Stooges
production. Apart from Peter Fal-
low's (Bruce Willis) sparse narration
of the story that is presented in one
enormous flashback, The Bonfire of
the Vanities captures startlingly lit-
tle of the spirit of Wolfe's novel.
The film is barren of both subtlety
As the already drunk Fallow be-
gins to reflect on the tale that
brought him his story and his fame
- that of Sherman McCoy (Tom
Hanks), Wall Street Baron and Mas-
ter of the Universe - it's difficult to
avoid that sliding, dreadful feeling
that De Palma and screenwriter
Michael Cristofer have completely
disregarded the nuances of Wolfe's
novel. Sherman, married, uptown
man that he is, gayly and somewhat
secretly cuckolds with also-married
Maria Ruskin (Melanie Griffith).
But when the two take a wrong
turn in the Bronx one fateful evening
on the way back from the airport,
they leave a martyr - an injured
African-American teenager - in
their asphalt wake. Slimy Mayoral
candidate Abe Weiss (F. Murray
Abraham) and demigogue Reverend
Bacon (John Hancock) demand a
scapegoat - and nothing less than
an affluent, white stock-broker will
See BONFIRE, Page 9
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Willis) after finding out that the train don't stop at Park Avenue.
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