The Long Good Friday
New Books Network 2023
Can a two-hour film accomplish what it takes several seasons of a TV show to do? We're talking to you, Sopranos. Join Mike and Dan for a conversation about John Mackenzie's The Long Good Friday (1980), a film that they call the "spiritual cousin" of The Sopranos and The Friends of Eddie Coyle. They talk about how the film avoids the intuitive trap of offering a day in the life of its protagonist and instead gives us a day of absolute crisis and the ways in which Harold is like many people having a bad day at the office. Deadwood, The Shield, and even James Joyce's Ulysses all come into play. So get out of that abattoir and give it a listen!