The Irishman
First screened in November 2019
Director: Martin Scorsese. Cast: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Stephen Graham, Ray Romano, Harvey Keitel, Bobby Cannavale, Anna Paquin, Stephanie Kurtzuba, Kathrine Narducci, Welker White, Jesse Plemons, Domenick Lombardozzi, Paul Herman, Gary Basaraba, Sebastian Maniscalco, Louis Cancelmi, Jack Huston, Marin Ireland, Barry Primus, Jim Norton, Dascha Polanco. Screenplay: Steven Zaillian (based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt).

Twitter Capsule: My few qualms in first two hours mostly revealed a logic in the staggering, sobering third. De Niro quietly colossal.

VOR:   Scorsese makes a self-conscious apotheosis and valediction for his body of work in a style both grand and atypically restrained. Takes risks right and left.



Photo © 2019 Netflix

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: A–


Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture
Best Director: Martin Scorsese
Best Supporting Actor: Al Pacino
Best Supporting Actor: Joe Pesci
Best Adapted Screenplay: Steven Zaillian
Best Cinematography: Rodrigo Prieto
Best Production Design: Bob Shaw and Regina Graves
Best Costume Design: Sandy Powell and Christopher Peterson
Best Film Editing: Thelma Schoonmaker
Best Visual Effects: Pablo Helman, Leandro Estebecorena, Nelson Sepulveda, and Stephanie Grabli

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Picture (Drama)
Best Director: Martin Scorsese
Best Supporting Actor: Al Pacino
Best Supporting Actor: Joe Pesci
Best Screenplay: Steven Zaillian

Other Awards:
Chicago International Film Festival: Founder's Award
New York Film Critics Circle: Best Film; Best Supporting Actor (Pesci)
Boston Society of Film Critics: Best Film Editing
Chicago Film Critics Association: Best Film Editing
National Board of Review: Best Film; Best Adapted Screenplay; Icon Award (Scorsese, De Niro, Pacino)

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