Week 1 Blog: Narrative/Storytelling

Title: The Wolf of Wall Street

Writer: Terence Winter (screenplay), Jordan Belfort (book)

Director: Martin Scorsese

Year: 2013

Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie

Story: The film is based on Jordan Belfort’s real life story, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Belfort founded and ran Stratton Oakmont until he was arrested in 1998 and charged with 10 counts of money laundering and security fraud. The film depicts his rise and fall as a wealthy stock-broker, while living in the lime light and showing his involvement in corruption and fraud.

Plot: The film starts out in 1987, when Jordan Belfort stated working at an established Wall Street firm in a low-level position. His boss at the firm introduces him to a life style of escorts and cocaine. After he becomes a certified stockbroker the firm he was working at goes bankrupt, which causes him to loses his job.

 
His wife Teresa encourages him to take a job dealing in penny stocks in Long Island. Belfort got the job by impressing the boss with his pitching styles. He was successful with penny stocks and earned an incredible amount of money because of the high commissions earned from penny stock. Belfort became friends with a salesman Donnie Azoff and they decided to open a business together, with some of their friends. This new firm was a pump and dump scam and named Stratton Oakmont. Shortly after their firm grew in the hundreds after an article published in Forbes.

 
Belfort became addicted to cocaine, Quaaludes, prostitutes and an over-the-top lifestyle. Belfort meet a woman named Naomi Lapaglia during one of his parties and started an affair with her. Soon after he divorces his wife Teresa and marries Naomi. They have a daughter together. During all of this FBI Agent Patrick Denham and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission stated to investigate Belford’s company Stratton Oakmont.

 
With the investigation going on Belfort opens a Swiss bank account to protect his new instant fortune from securing an IPO of Steve Madden Ltd. He had to use friend to smuggle his cash to Switzerland for him. Belfort’s father attempts to get him to step down as CEO to escape all the legal penalties we was facing from law enforcement.

 
Belfort and his wife take a trip to Italy on their yacht, and then learn that the person on his Swiss Bank account died. So he decides to sail the yacht to Monaco so they could drive to Switzerland. On the way there the yacht capsized from a storm. They were rescued and sent to Geneva on a plane and during the trip a seagull destroyed the engine. After these two trimetric accidents he decided to sober up.

 
Finally the FBI Agent Denham arrested Belfort. He then turned on his colleagues to get some leniency for the crimes he committed. Belfort would not cooperate with the FBI on collecting evidence from his colleagues and was arrested in a FBI raid of Stratton Oakmont. With his testimony he was sentenced to 36 months in prison.

 

Chronology: This film was told in chronological order. The film followed Jordan Belfort life from his start on Wall Street to his arrest by focusing on his life so the audience could live through his eyes. With Belfort narrating the move himself the story fell realistic, as if you were there with him.

 
If the film hand not fallowed a chronological order the ending would not have had the same impact on the audience. Along with that if Belfort himself was not narrating the movie; one might not get the same feeling of being with him during this time in his life. This would change the whole effect of the film on the audience.

Resources:

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) – IMDb. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0993846/

The Wolf of Wall Street Official Trailer #2 (2013) – Leonardo DiCaprio Movie HD [Video file]. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pabEtIERlic

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