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Released 1990
Distributor Warner Bros.

Martin Scorsese’s most acclaimed film after Raging Bull was considered a return to form but in fact showed the director stretching himself toward new cinematic heights. Alongside The Godfather it is now regarded as the definitive gangster movie. Scorsese envisioned the style of the piece, based on Nick Pileggi’s true crime best seller, as lightning-paced, “almost like a two and a half hour trailer”. The entire music score is made up of period source cues that comment on the action and the frenetic editing adapts elements of the French New Wave. Joe Pesci won a supporting actor Oscar. “What do you mean funny? Funny how? How am I funny?”

About Allan Arkush

A record collector and film buff from his early days, Allan Arkush brought his two loves together in directing the cult classic Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Allan’s day job is directing and executive producing television series like Heroes, The Client List and Crossing Jordan.  He has also directed episodes of Ally McBeal, Moonlighting and many other tv series as well as the mini-series, The Temptations, for which he won an Emmy. He wishes that someone would release his 1997 Showtime movie Elvis Meets Nixon on DVD.