MARTIN SCORSESE'S MEAN STREETS

Born in Queens during the big war and raised in Manhattan's Little Italy in a devoutly Catholic home, Martin Scorsese grew up escaping his tough environments in the cinema. Considered America's greatest living director, Scorsese's films, gangster and otherwise, are violent, often humorous, and profound examinations not just of the hard people who grew up around him, but are personal examinations of faith what it means to be fully alive. The Heights and Trylon Roadshow present five of Martin Scorsese's most thrilling and sublime films.

MEAN STREETS

May 7, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

35MM PRESENTATION

Though it was his third feature film, Mean Streets is widely regarded as the first picture you could rightly know was "Scorsese", and the one that launched the careers of Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel. When his reckless best friend, Johnny Boy (De Niro) pushes a gangster too far, Charlie (Keitel) finds himself torn between helping his friend and remaining loyal to the church.

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35mm print courtesy Warner Bros.


TAXI DRIVER

May 14, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

"You talkin' to me?" Robert De Niro is riveting as the iconic Travis Bickle, the anti-hero and eponymous taxi driver in this, Martin Scorsese's instantly acknowledged masterpiece. Influenced by Godard, shot during a heat wave and garbage strike in New York, perhaps no film captures the look, feel, and utter despair of urban living in that aggrieved decade. An incredible cast that included Jodie Foster and Peter Boyle, a score by Bernard Herrmann, and cinematographer Michael Chapman's inventive photography (using available light in Yellow Cab), Taxi Driver is an experience that you will never forget. Winner of the 1976 Palme d'Or at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival, Taxi Driver

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DCP courtesy Sony Pictures.


GOODFELLAS

May 21, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

This story about half-Irish, half-Italian criminal Henry Hill (based on a true story), touches on Scorsese's themes of being an outsider, as well as examining how crime thrills, edifies, warps and eventually destroys people. Considered by Roger Ebert to be the greatest film made about organized crime, Scorsese sought to focus on the small details, the quotidian life of a gangster in all its weird and often despairing ways. As usual, Robert De Niro is amazing, but Joe Pesci is at once hilarious and terrifying, a force of nature whose performance earned him an Academy Award.

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DCP courtesy Warner Bros.


RAGING BULL

May 28, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

35MM PRESENTATION

When people think of boxing films, no other movie comes to mind before Raging Bull. With this brutal tale of boxer Jake LaMotta and his rise and fall, Scorsese doesn't shy away from the violence inherent in the sport both in and out of the ring. Gorgeously shot in black and white, and with De Niro's signature performance (and his losing and gaining weight not only became the stuff of legend but has inspired equally dedicated--or insane--actors to follow suit), Raging Bull is widely considered to be one of the greatest films ever made.

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35mm print courtesy Park Circus.


NEW YORK, NEW YORK

June 4, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

35MM PRESENTATION

Moving away from the grittiness and violence of his earlier films, and obsessed with celebrating not only the Hollywood musical but New York in the 1940s, Scorsese crafted this gorgeous film with music by Kander and Ebb (famous for "New York, New York" among others), and featuring De Niro and Liza Minnelli as a jazz musician and singer who fall in and out of love. Rarely screened, this Martin Scorsese musical saw mixed reviews but has been rightly considered to be a charming classic all its own.

Presented by The Heights Theater and The Trylon Cinema.

35mm print courtesy Park Circus.