my first Washington Times On Crime column last year, I
wrote about Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman and the book the film was
based on, I Heard You Paint Houses.
Netflix reported that more than 26 million
people initially watched Martin Scorsese’s crime
drama “The Irishman.”
I’ve enjoyed Martin Scorsese’s classic crime films, such as “Mean Streets,” “Casino” and “Goodfellas,” so I looked forward to watching “The Irishman.” I was also interested in watching the film as part of it covers organized crime in South Philadelphia, where I grew up.
I watched “The Irishman” on the night it premiered on Netflix and although the film was slow, long and a bit too talky, I enjoyed it.
But I viewed the film as fiction.
I read “I Heard You Paint Houses,” the book “The Irishman” was based on, some years ago. According to the author, Charles Brant, Frank Sheeran confessed to him that he murdered former Teamster President Jimmy Hoffa and New York mobster “Crazy Joe” Gallo. He also confessed that he was involved in the murder of President Kennedy and that he knew of a bribery scheme between President Nixon and Jimmy Hoffa.
I don’t believe a word of it.
I just watched an interesting documentary about the making of The Irishman at geektyrant.com The documentary is included in the Blu-Ray DVD and you can watch it via the below link:
You can also read my On Crime column about The Irishman via the below link: