Mean Streets. 1973. USA. Directed by Martin Scorsese. 110 min.
Screenplay by Scorsese, Mardik Martin. With Harvey Keitel, Robert De Niro. Mostly set in Little Italy, where Scorsese grew up, Mean Streets presents the neighborhood as a self-contained world, offering its denizens no escape from the tangled warren of tenements. The story of Charlie (Keitel), a young second-generation Italian American torn between making good in his family’s crime realm and escaping to a better life, is equal parts character study and, as Scorsese would later observe, anthropological tract. Peter Strausfeld designed the monochromatic woodcut-style poster for the Academy Cinema in London, where he designed custom posters from 1947 to 1980.