Thursday, September 17, 2015

Funny How? I Amuse You, Like A Clown?: 'Goodfellas' At 25 - The Five Greatest Scenes

One of my favorite films, perhaps the greatest crime film ever made, is Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas.

Will Henry at the British Esquire notes the classic crime film's 25th anniversary with a piece that selects what he believes are the five greatest scenes.

It’s a rare thing for a movie to be both as loved by teenage boys as it is by learned film critics, to be celebrated for its quotability as it is for the cinematic mastery of its director. And yet Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas, 25 years old this month, has managed just that.

If it’s on, you watch it. If you catch it halfway through on a movie channel late at night, you stay up until the very end, until Ray Liotta is standing in his dressing gown and Sid Vicious doing My Way plays us out.

It’s a film that gets you by the throat and never takes the pressure off, exactly as Scorcese envisioned it when he first read Nicholas Pileggi’s bestselling book Wiseguys, on which it is based.
“To begin like a gunshot and have it get faster from there, almost like a two-and-a-half-hour trailer,” Scorsese explained. “It’s the only way to capture the exhilaration of the lifestyle and get a sense of why people are attracted to it.”  

You can read the rest of the piece and watch the five video clips via the below link:

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