GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS (1992)
This isn't just a movie about men swearing at each other and trying to sell real estate. There is so much subtext in every line of dialogue. First and foremost, it's about power. In fact, you could change the setting to medieval times and the salesmen could be warlords or kings fighting over land instead of selling property. There's also an absence of women in the film, yet their presence is constantly felt. It's as if the feminine nature inherent in men is considered a weakness among these characters. Both women and children represent feelings and compassion, both of which have no place in this particular dog eat dog world. Masculinity is the dominant force which is both powerfully seductive and tragically pathetic. Ultimately, this is Mamet's finest work and the actors are impeccably cast with their verbal fireworks complimented with cinematic flair from Foley. It is the ultimate actor's film and a penultimate adaptation from stage to screen.
Director: James Foley