On Abel Ferrara [New York magazine]

by jhoberman.

Abel Ferrara, the cine scuzz-meister who set the bar for urban depravity with King of New York, then vaulted over it with the original Bad Lieutenant, is back home. 4:44 Last Day on Earth, opening Friday, is the End of the World on Delancey Street: In a loft above the Williamsburg Bridge, Willem Dafoe and his artist girlfriend Shanyn Leigh are counting the hours until it all vanishes. Al Gore was right—there’s an unpluggable hole in the ozone. No hope, no exit. They make love, watch NY1, eat Chinese takeout, and engage in screaming Skype-a-thons. Read more