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.