Essential Scorsese

Film, Drama
De Niro In Raging Bull
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Don't know your Travis Bickle from your Jake LaMotta? Let David Stratton sort you out

Running side by side with the Scorsese exhibition, the celebration of one of the most important directors of all time, ACMI has roped in movie connoisseur David Stratton to curate his selection of Martin Scorsese's most significant films. If you don't know who David 'At the Movies' Stratton is, start by familiarising yourself with him by reading his autobiography, I Peed on Fellini – it was an accident, but he really did.

The program includes everything from the still-shocking Taxi Driver (1976) and one of the best in the mafia movie canon Goodfellas (1990) through to lesser known gems like Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) – a romantic drama with teeth. The balance of the program includes Mean Streets (1973), New York, New York (1977), Raging Bull (1980), The King of Comedy (1982), The Age of Innocence (1993), Casino (1995) and the Aviator (2004). Check the ACMI website for screening times.

The program also includes two talks – Scorsese in Focus: a panel discussion of Scorsese's films by movie scholars, including a special address from UK film expert Professor Ian Christie (5pm. Fri May 27) and Stratton on Scorsese, a presentation by Stratton himself about the impact of Scorsese movies on cinema on opening night (7pm. Fri May 27). 

Find out more about ACMI's Scorsese exhibition, opening May 26.

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