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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 but Ray Liotta, who is in almost every frame of this epic, personified the movie and became a star.

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About Allan Arkush

A record collector and film buff from birth, Allan Arkush brought his two loves together in directing the cult classic Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Back in the day Allan was directing and executive producing television series like Heroes, and Crossing Jordan.  He has also directed episodes of Ally McBeal, Moonlighting, St. Elsewhere, Fame, A Series of Unfortunate Events and TV Movies like Elvis Meets Nixon and Shake Rattle & Rock as well as the mini-series, The Temptations, for which he won an Emmy. He used to have a lost film, Get Crazy, but Kino/Lorber found it in time for Christmas 2021. His day job is teaching Film production & history at the AFI.

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