King of New York. 1990. Italy. Directed by Abel Ferrara. Courtesy Seven Arts/Photofest

King of New York. 1990. USA/Italy. Directed by Abel Ferrara. 35mm. 103 min.

Updating the classic gangster film (think Little Caesar) for the hip-hop generation, this is another of Ferrara’s career-defining films made in collaboration with screenwriter Nicholas St. John. The aggressive mob-versus-cops action is sparked by an impressive cast of high-octane performers early in their careers, an unhinged level of violence, and a native’s eye for the expressive potential of the New York City landscape at the dawn of the 1990s.

    1. Tuesday, May 28,
      7:00 p.m.

      Introduced by composer Joe Delia
      The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T1, Theater 1
    2. Saturday, May 4,
      7:00 p.m.

      Followed by a discussion with the filmmaker moderated by Josh and Benny Safdie
      The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T1, Theater 1
    This film accompanies Abel Ferrara Unrated.