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The film's opening song, ''Lust for Life'', was performed by influential punk rocker [[Iggy Pop]], who has struggled with [[heroin]] addiction himself.<ref>NNDB, ''Iggy Pop'', retrieved 10/24/08[[http://www.nndb.com/people/520/000024448/#FN1]</ref>  The lyrics include the lines ''"Yeah, I'm through with sleeping on the sidewalk / No more beating my brains / No more beating my brains / With liquor and drugs / With liquor and drugs."''<ref>LyricsMode.com, ''Lust For Life lyrics by Iggy Pop'', retrieved 10/24/08[http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/i/iggy_pop/lust_for_life.html]</ref>  The song was number ten on  UGO's list of the Top 11 Uses Of Classic Rock In Cinema.<ref>UGO.com, ''Top 11 Uses Of Classic Rock In Cinema, 10. "Lust For Life" by Iggy Pop in Trainspotting'', retrieved 10/24/08[http://www.ugo.com/filmtv/top11-classicrock/?cur=trainspotting#top]"Despite protestations from the filmmakers and the inclusion of a horrific detox scene, Trainspotting makes being a Scottish junkie look totally awesome. Why? Because when you run from the cops, smash into cars and the movie freeze-frames to show your nickname you have "Lust For Life" thumping underneath."</ref>
 
The film's opening song, ''Lust for Life'', was performed by influential punk rocker [[Iggy Pop]], who has struggled with [[heroin]] addiction himself.<ref>NNDB, ''Iggy Pop'', retrieved 10/24/08[[http://www.nndb.com/people/520/000024448/#FN1]</ref>  The lyrics include the lines ''"Yeah, I'm through with sleeping on the sidewalk / No more beating my brains / No more beating my brains / With liquor and drugs / With liquor and drugs."''<ref>LyricsMode.com, ''Lust For Life lyrics by Iggy Pop'', retrieved 10/24/08[http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/i/iggy_pop/lust_for_life.html]</ref>  The song was number ten on  UGO's list of the Top 11 Uses Of Classic Rock In Cinema.<ref>UGO.com, ''Top 11 Uses Of Classic Rock In Cinema, 10. "Lust For Life" by Iggy Pop in Trainspotting'', retrieved 10/24/08[http://www.ugo.com/filmtv/top11-classicrock/?cur=trainspotting#top]"Despite protestations from the filmmakers and the inclusion of a horrific detox scene, Trainspotting makes being a Scottish junkie look totally awesome. Why? Because when you run from the cops, smash into cars and the movie freeze-frames to show your nickname you have "Lust For Life" thumping underneath."</ref>
  
The film has nothing directly to do with the British hobby of train spotting, in which railfans keep records of the rolling stock they've seen,<ref>eHow.com, ''How to Go Trainspotting'', retrieved 10/24/08[http://www.ehow.com/how_2247294_go-trainspotting.html?ref=fuel&utm_source=yahoo&utm_medium=ssp&utm_campaign=yssp_art]</ref> beyond the authors opinion that shooting heroin was about as much use as the railfan hobby.
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The film has nothing directly to do with the British hobby of train spotting, in which railfans keep records of the rolling stock they've seen,<ref>eHow.com, ''How to Go Trainspotting'', retrieved 10/24/08[http://www.ehow.com/how_2247294_go-trainspotting.html?ref=fuel&utm_source=yahoo&utm_medium=ssp&utm_campaign=yssp_art]</ref> beyond the authors' opinion that shooting heroin is comparable to the railfan hobby.
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Defenders of [[Hollywood values]] cite this movie as an example of Hollywood telling the truth about the harm caused by drugs, but this does show "cool" people engaging in drugs and enjoying it.  The movie, like most Hollywood depictions of drugs, portrays the drug users as sympathetic victims rather than as the perpetrators of evil.
  
 
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Revision as of 10:20, 25 October 2008

Trainspotting (1996) is a British film based on the novel by Irvine Welsh, depicting the lives of a group of young men in seedy, 'wrong side of the tracks' Edinburgh. The film is notorious for its depiction of the Edinburgh drugs scene, and its plot, depicting the ostensible efforts of antihero Renton to escape that milieu. The drug scenes are constructed and filmed in brilliant colour, to emphasise the 'highs' that they supposedly provide, by contrast with the depiction of clean, everyday life as grim and colourless. The film's most cited line emphasizes its cynical promotion of drugs, by depicting 'life' as an endless cycle of suburban boredom: Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a starter home. Choose dental insurance, leisure wear and matching luggage. Choose your future. . . . But why would I want to do a thing like that? I chose not to choose life. I chose somethin’ else. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you’ve got heroin?[1]

The film's opening song, Lust for Life, was performed by influential punk rocker Iggy Pop, who has struggled with heroin addiction himself.[2] The lyrics include the lines "Yeah, I'm through with sleeping on the sidewalk / No more beating my brains / No more beating my brains / With liquor and drugs / With liquor and drugs."[3] The song was number ten on UGO's list of the Top 11 Uses Of Classic Rock In Cinema.[4]

The film has nothing directly to do with the British hobby of train spotting, in which railfans keep records of the rolling stock they've seen,[5] beyond the authors' opinion that shooting heroin is comparable to the railfan hobby.

Defenders of Hollywood values cite this movie as an example of Hollywood telling the truth about the harm caused by drugs, but this does show "cool" people engaging in drugs and enjoying it. The movie, like most Hollywood depictions of drugs, portrays the drug users as sympathetic victims rather than as the perpetrators of evil.

References

  1. Metaphilm.com, Trainspotting, Addicted to Denial, If a train is heading toward you, ignorance does not lead to bliss., by Adam Dobson, retrieved 10/24/08[1]
  2. NNDB, Iggy Pop, retrieved 10/24/08[[2]
  3. LyricsMode.com, Lust For Life lyrics by Iggy Pop, retrieved 10/24/08[3]
  4. UGO.com, Top 11 Uses Of Classic Rock In Cinema, 10. "Lust For Life" by Iggy Pop in Trainspotting, retrieved 10/24/08[4]"Despite protestations from the filmmakers and the inclusion of a horrific detox scene, Trainspotting makes being a Scottish junkie look totally awesome. Why? Because when you run from the cops, smash into cars and the movie freeze-frames to show your nickname you have "Lust For Life" thumping underneath."
  5. eHow.com, How to Go Trainspotting, retrieved 10/24/08[5]