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Scorsese at TIFF

January features a few more chances to catch some of his classics


Speaking of festivals, one of the greatest experiences in my life as a (part-time) film critic occured in October. My wife and I were in London visiting family, and it just so happened that our trip coincided with the BFI London Film Festival. What was especially exciting was the discovery that I could make the press screening of the festival’s closing night entry, Martin Scorsese’s long-awaited gangster drama, The Irishman. Needless to say, I was floored by the great director’s return to the genre, and its cast: Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and, as Jimmy Hoffa, Al Pacino.


The Netflix release was rightfully acclaimed, and it is therefore fitting the Toronto’s TIFF Bell LIghtbox is in the midst of Scorsese: A Retrospective. Starting in November—with his student film, Who’s That Knocking at My Door?—the series has featured nearly every directorial effort from Scorsese’s career. But January features a few more chances to catch some of his classics.


January 1 features his concert documentary chronicling the Band’s final performance, The Last Waltz; cult classic The King of Comedy, starring De Niro and Jerry Lewis; and one of his most underrated efforts, 1999’s Bringing Out the Dead. Scorsese’s disturbing remake of Cape Fear follows on January 2, followed by the great Goodfellas on January 3, and, finally, Casino on January 4.


My recommendation? Get to Toronto for at least one of these, than catch The Irishman on Netflix.


Times vary, at TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. West, Toronto, Ontario; tiff.net



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