New York, New York
DIRECTOR: MARTIN SCORSESE
CAST: LIZA MINNELLI , ROBERT DE NIRO
New 35mm Print
Irwin Winkler in person, moderated by Glenn Kenny on 1/31 at 7pm.
A love letter to the classic Hollywood musical that scratches off the Technicolor sheen to reveal the depths of desperation hidden beneath their surfaces, Scorsese’s 1940s-era genre-deconstructing extravaganza features Liza Minnelli as a nightclub singer who rises in fame as her relationship to Robert De Niro’s hotheaded jazz saxophonist falls to pieces. The deliberate artifice of the film’s soundstage-bound musical numbers—including Minnelli’s grand finale performance of the famous Kander and Ebb title song, written for the movie—contrasts jarringly with the raw nerve realism of the performances, making for a collision that’s something like MGM’s Freed Unit colliding head-on with Cassavetes.
A Park Circus release