Episode 5 – Martin Scorsese’s GoodFellas (1990)
Author Mark Nichols, “Scorsese’s Men: Melancholia and the Mob”
This month we are taking care of business as we look back at Martin Scorsese’s 1990 masterpiece GoodFellas.
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GoodFellas (1990) dir. Martin Scorsese, USA
Adaptation (2002) dir. Spike Jonze, USA
Casino (1995) dir. Martin Scorsese, USA
“Rags to Riches” Tony Bennett
“Beyond the Sea” Bobby Darin
“Layla” Derek and the Dominos
“Then He Kissed Me” The Crystals
“Boulevard of Broken Dreams” Green Day
“Sunshine of your Love” Cream
Here’s a range of Wikipedia articles on the lives of those involved who inspired Nicholas Pileggi’s book “Wiseguy” and the film.
- Henry Hill
- Lucchese family
- James Burke (James Conway)
- Thomas DiStefano (Tommy DeVito)
- 1978-79 Boston College point-shaving scandal
- Lufthansa heist
Here’s a video supercut of all the fast dolly zooms used by Martin Scorsese through the years. From “Mean Streets” through “The Wolf of Wall Street”.
Here’s Reel Club’s guide to the memorable sequences from the film.
The Film Spectrum also has a great history of the movie, full of clips which would otherwise be lost to time, including Joe Pesci’s acceptance of the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award in 1991.
If you want to follow us on Letterboxd, we’re always logging and rating films we’ve been watching and occasionally Luke will do some pretty in-depth reviews, too.