Irwin Winkler Set For Three-Day American Cinematheque Tribute

Erik Pedersen
Deadline

The American Cinematheque said today that it will hold a three-day tribute to producer Irwin Winkler from December 1-3. Highlights include “A Conversation with Irwin Winkler & Martin Scorsese” at the Egyptian Theatre on December 3 along with screenings of Winkler’s films Goodfellas (1990), Raging Bull (1980) and New York, New York (1977).

Here is the complete program, with descriptions provided by American Cinematheque:

Thursday, December 1 at 7:30 PM at the Egyptian Theatre
RAGING BULL, 1980, Park Circus/MGM, 128 min. Dir. Martin Scorsese. A stunning B&W portrait of prizefighter Jake La Motta (Robert De Niro) and his harrowing, destructive bouts in and out of the ring, beautifully shot by cinematographer Michael Chapman. Winner of Academy Awards for Best Actor (De Niro) and Editing (Thelma Schoonmaker). With Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci. Introduction by producer Irwin Winkler.

Friday, December 2, 7:30 PM at the Aero Theatre
GOODFELLAS, 1990, Warner Bros., 146 min. Irwin Winkler produced this quintessential mob epic directed by Martin Scorsese and based on Nicholas Pileggi’s Wiseguy. Ray Liotta stars as Henry Hill, a real life mobster, whose captivating narration rivals that of previous Scorsese antihero Travis Bickle. Joe Pesci won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor as charismatic sociopath Tommy DeVito, and Robert De Niro shines as the brutal Jimmy Conway. Filled with memorable characters, a wealth of atmosphere, beautiful tracking shots by cinematographer Michael Ballhaus and, as always in Scorsese films, an amazing soundtrack. The all-star cast also includes Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino, Frank Vincent and even a young Michael Imperioli (“The Sopranos”) in the small but memorable role of Spider. Introduction by producer Irwin Winkler.

Saturday, December 3, 1 PM at the Egyptian Theatre
NEW YORK, NEW YORK, 1977, Park Circus/MGM, 163 min. Director Martin Scorsese called it a “film noir musical.” A powerful and misunderstood tribute to musical forefathers Vincente Minnelli and Stanley Donen, it melds larger-than-life soundstage musicals and kitchen-sink realism. Scorsese mainstay Robert De Niro stars as Jimmy Doyle, a WWII veteran who returns home on V-Day and attempts to pick up Francine Evans (Liza Minnelli) at a huge party. Her career as a singer is on the rise while his inventive saxophone style has not yet caught on. Often improvised, De Niro’s performance comes off like a more musical cousin of Travis Bickle while Minnelli soars in the final act. The breathtaking production design is by the legendary Boris Leven, art director of numerous noir films such as CRISS CROSS and SUDDEN FEAR as well as classic musicals WEST SIDE STORY and THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Cinematography by Laszlo Kovacs (EASY RIDER, FIVE EASY PIECES). Also features Mary Kay Place, Barry Primus and Dick Miller. Introduction by producer Irwin Winkler.

Saturday, December 3, 4:30 PM at the Egyptian Theatre
A Conversation with Martin Scorsese and Irwin Winkler, 80 min. Director Martin Scorsese and producer Irwin Winkler have teamed to create some of the most acclaimed motion pictures of our time, among them RAGING BULL, GOODFELLAS and THE WOLF OF WALL STREET. Join us for a discussion between the two Oscar winners about their longstanding collaboration and clips of their work together, including the upcoming period drama SILENCE.

 

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