1995. USA. Martin Scorsese. 178 min.
Friday, October 4, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1995. USA. Directed by Martin Scorsese. With Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci. Shortsightedly characterized upon its release as simply a more luxurious sister film to Scorsese’s Goodfellas, a likely consequence of their shared cast members and screenwriter, this operatic portrayal of Las Vegas succeeds on its own merits. Scorsese expertly leverages the Vegas backdrop to tell a story of characters incapable of a life without violence in a locale both inevitably and irredeemably corrupt. Ferretti, initially trepidatious about tackling a setting so quintessentially American, received an Oscar nomination for his inspired interpretation of Sin City’s grandiose kitsch. 178 min.