New York, New York

Scorsese's tribute/parody/critique of the MGM musical is a razor-sharp dissection of the conventions of both meeting-cute romances and rags-to-riches biopics, as it charts the traumatic love affair between irresponsible but charming jazz saxophonist De Niro (dubbed by George Auld) and mainstream singer Minnelli. On an emotional level, the film is a powerhouse, offering some of the most convincingly painful rows ever shot; as a depiction of changes in American music and the entertainment world, it is accurate and evocative; and as a commentary on showbiz films, it's a stunner, sounding echoes of Minnelli's own mother's movies and career (particularly A Star Is Born) as well as other classics like On the Town and the first A Star Is Born (in which Stander also appeared). Superbly scored, beautifully designed by Boris Leven to highlight the genre's artificiality, and performed to perfection.

Release details

Duration: 153 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Martin Scorsese
Screenwriter: Mardik Martin, Earl Mac Rauch
Cast: Georgie Auld
George Memmoli
Robert De Niro
Mary Kay Place
Dick Miller
Liza Minnelli
Barry Primus
Lionel Stander
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