Martin Scorsese’s underappreciated ‘New York, New York’ is back in a gorgeous big-screen restoration

Posted on September 5, 2019

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Plus, wartime atrocities in ‘The Painted Bird’. And ‘Babyteeth’, a cancer dramedy.

Spoilers ahead…

You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/venice-international-film-festival-2019-martin-scorsese-new-york-new-york-baradwaj-rangan/

Among the secret pleasures of a film festival is the opportunity to catch a restored version of a famous film, maybe even a classic, you’ve never seen on the big screen. At Cannes, I watched — and was blown away by — Apocalypse Now. In Venice, I saw Martin Scorsese’s New York, New York (1977), one of the great filmmaker’s greatest works, set just after World War II. It’s a movie about movies, a loving recreation of what Scorsese called “the warmth and the luster of the old Hollywood pictures”. It’s also a movie about relationships, something this filmmaker doesn’t get enough credit for. He’s so enshrined for his gangster sagas (and rightfully so) that his “softer” masterpieces like Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, The Age of Innocence and, yes, New York, New York get reduced to a PS at the end of his storied filmography. Had this scenario made it to a Scorsese movie, there’d be a line with a dozen F-bombs in it.

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