Michael Mann and creator David Milch got along so badly during the making of the pilot that Mann banned Milch from the set for the rest of the season, something Milch resented a lot because he loves watching the actors work up close. See more »
I am devastated. "Luck" has been dropped by HBO. It was an exquisite moment - beautifully crafted and executed. I loved the balance between the struggles of the mighty mobsters on one side of the track and the struggles of the clowns on the other. In the middle, the mysterious world of horses translated to the spectator by two seasoned trainers, and the demanding life of jockeys (who knew they suffered like runway models?)and the go-between, the manager.
I remember the first episode. (I'll try just about anything once.) I saw the wronged chief returning from exile, the unworthy king's fear of the wronged chief's return, and I heard it all in iambic pentameter. I do believe, it's the first time in a very long time, I actually smiled at the TV set.
The cinematography was art - if anybody reads this who actually has a say in the show: I'd like a large still of Dustin Hoffman in shadow with the curtain of drying bandages. Or the clowns feeding their horse a carrot for the first time. Or Nick Nolte with his dog by his side waxing philosophical. The list is actually longer than space permits - wrap up flashing. I truly hope that another channel steps up to the plate and rescues this fine show. Everybody involved in this project deserves the highest praise and the opportunity to finish the telling of this tale. Imagine the Scottish Tragedy abandoned at the end of Act I. That's what happened here.
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