Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, developed by and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is a black comedy that traces the rise and fall of a stockbroker who played fast and loose with the rules. (DiCaprio describes some of the humor as “pretty sadistic,” and explains “We take the lives of the people in the film seriously; we don’t take the genre seriously.”)
The film is based on Jordan Belfort’s book The Wolf of Wall Street, and we see DiCaprio as Belfort, who made millions and relished the excess pleasures that came with outrageous success in the early/mid ’90s.
What little footage we’ve seen of the film explodes with an exuberant energy. But there’s a different vibe in some new behind the scenes stills, a few of which, shot in black and white, are almost classic in their appeal.
Vulture has an excellent piece on the film, complete with commentary from many of the participants. Screenwriter Terence Winter explains Belfort’s appeal: “For all the bad things he’s done, he’s so utterly charming. That’s why I’m glad we kept the voice-over; you need his hilarious asides.”