A Man Must Have A Code

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Seems like I’ve bookmarked dozens of articles / films about The Wire over the last couple of years… Here’s some of the best, including this New Yorker piece which provides a fascinating insight behind the scenes of filming in Baltimore:

“The show’s departure from Hollywood formulas may be nowhere more palpable than in its routine use of nonactors to fill the minor roles. No other television drama, it seems safe to say, features an actor whom one of the show’s lead writers helped put in prison with a thirty-four-year sentence.”

In fact, so much of The Wire’s narrative is based on ‘real life’ people and events, it’s no surprise that a new doc about the life and times of kingpin Avon Barksdale has now been created.

Meanwhile, Charlie Brooker evangelises about how the show is “truly multi-layered… an angry and intelligent show that offers no easy solution to the problems it focuses on.”

David Hepworth discusses how “for African-American actors ‘The Wire’ must be as significant as the advent of sound. It provides them with twenty key characters who are as complex and imperfect as the people their white counterparts have been playing for years. For once not hidebound by the need to present ‘positive images’ they play havoc with the archetypes.”

Nick Hornby and David Simon – a fascinating exchange which highlights some intriguing opinions on both journalism, screen-writing and ‘story telling’:

“My standard for verisimilitude is simple and I came to it when I started to write prose narrative: fuck the average reader… He knows nothing and he needs everything explained to him right away, so that exposition becomes this incredible, story-killing burden… Here’s a secret that I learned with Homicide and have held to: if you write something that is so credible that the insider will stay with you, then the outsider will follow as well.”

And for those who know the story of Omar, Bubbles, Bunk and McNulty, Rawls, Stringer, Avon, Snoop, Marlo, Cheese, Prop Joe, Clay Davis already, here’s the 100 Greatest Quotes:

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