A GoodFellas Night
One of the highlights of the Tribeca Film Festival was the star-studded celebration of the 25th anniversary screening of Martin Scorsese’s epic movie GoodFellas Saturday night on April 25, 2015 at the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
On the red carpet, Hollywood star Ray Liotta recalled something Scorsese told him before filming began that made him believe he was going to be part of something special.
“He said, ‘I want to shoot this like a gangster,'” Ray Liotta told The Associated Press. “‘If I want to freeze frame, if I want to voice over, if I want to whatever …’. And that’s what he did. It gave him a lot liberty to just be him.”
Paul Sorvino, who portrayed Paulie, the mob capo that takes Liotta’s Henry under his wing, thinks Scorsese went beyond reinventing the crime genre in films.
“It’s not even part of a genre; it’s like tearing off that wall and taking a look inside to see what it really is,” Paul Sorvino said of the gritty depiction of life as a low-level mobster. The 76-year old actor expressed gratitude to have a part in the film. “It’s part of the iconography of American film. It’s one of the three or four greatest movies ever made, and if you get to do that in your career, you’re pretty lucky.”
GoodFellas is not only one of my favorite movies ever, but also one of the most iconic mob films of the 20th century. Directed by Martin Scorsese, he based the film on the 1986 non-fiction bestseller book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, and it follows the crime life of Henry Hill, a former Lucchese crime family associate and his friends over a period from 1955 to 1980. Made on a budget of $25 million, Goodfellas grossed $46.8 million domestically. It received positive reviews from film critics. Joe Pesci won Best Actor in a Supporting Role category. GoodFellas is often compared to The Godfather, arguably the greatest movie ever made and 1995’s Casino.
A ‘Good’ Ending
The digitally remastered GoodFellas was screened before a packed house at the Beacon Theater. Martin Scorsese could not attend as he was filming his upcoming movie Silence in Taipei, but he recorded a video introduction that played ahead of the film.
After the screening, television host Jon Stewart moderated a 30-minute panel discussion of the GoodFellas film. On the panel was the creators and cast members of the movie that included Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Lorraine Bracco, and Paul Sorvino. Nicholas Pileggi, the author of Wiseguy.
Joe Pesci couldn’t make the screening. However, Robert De Niro shared with the audience that the legendary actor did send a message … a long series of variations of the “F” word.
By Shamarie Knight, 27th Apr 2015