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21 Dec, 2013

‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ a Scorsese epic of American greed

Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese plumbs the depths of the debauched, hedonistic lifestyle of a 1990s convicted stock swindler and the world of high finance in “The Wolf of Wall Street,” a cautionary tale about excess, lust and greed.

The film, which opens in US theaters on Christmas Day, is based on the memoir of disgraced stockbroker Jordan Belfort, who made a fortune by defrauding clients and spent it on expensive cars, homes, a yacht, hookers, orgies and all the alcohol and drugs he could consume.

Scorsese, the 71-year-old Academy Award winning director of 2006’s “The Departed,” strays from the cinematic turf of mobsters to focus on a different type of crook in the film that magazine Screen International described as “‘Goodfellas’ without the guns.”

Read the rest: ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ a Scorsese epic of American greed[1]- Chinadaily.com.cn.