Renato Bratkovič in Noir Brooklyn

10252112_506967529414052_860353341143596522_nRenato Bratkovič and Eddie Vega at the Irish Haven in Brooklyn, where several important scenes from Martin Scorsese‘s crime film The Departed were shot. The area where the Irish pub is located is called Sunset Park. Before 1965, along with neighboring Bay Ridge, it was generally referred to as South Brooklyn. This was the setting of the 20th Century’s greatest literary crime noir novel Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby, Jr.

The film version of Last Exit was shot in Red Hook and the old Todd Ship Yards; the bar scenes were shot in Montero’s, a downtown bar frequented by merchant sailors.

But the novel refers to soldiers shipping out, not merchant sailors. The soldiers passed through the Brooklyn Army Terminal by the water front, about five blocks from the Irish Haven. It also makes a direct reference to the subway entrance on 59th Street and Fourth Avenue.

Bratkovič is the first Slovenian crime writer to make the pilgrimage.

Here is a critical scene from The Departed at the Irish Haven pool table.

Here is Bratkovič at the same pool table, trying to match the pain on DiCaprio’s face.

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Here are some still images from the film…


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