"As far back as I can remember I always wanted to be a gangster"
- A voice over from Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) from the film "Goodfellas" (1990)
Released this week in 1990, "Goodfellas", from director Martin Scorsese is a masterpiece of fierce kineticism with a modus operandi in its approach that's documentary-like, telling the story of Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) and his involvement with the New York mob for over three decades until he became a state's witness against them. Filled with sudden (but not surprising) moments of violence, every visual and audio trick in the book to serve the narrative seamlessly (Tracking shots, long takes, quick cuts, shock cuts, slow zooms, fast zooms, freeze frames, a diverse musical soundtrack, voice over narration from Henry Hill and his wife Karen - played by Lorraine Bracco), great performances (Joe Pesci as hot tempered mobster Tommy DeVito won an Oscar for his performance) and one great sequence after another - In particular, the "1980 sequence" which depicts a nervous, coked up and insomnia suffering Henry trying to organize a big time drug deal with some Pittsburgh associates before getting caught by narcotics agents, which leads him to testify against his mob associates (after one of them planned to have him killed) and enter the witness protection program (The film ends with Joe Pesci firing a revolver at the camera in a stylish homage to the 1903 film "The Great Train Robbery")
There have been many rise and fall stories done on film throughout history, but not quite like this. "Goodfellas" is one of the greatest films of all time. Period. Paragraph☺ #goodfellas #movie #film #cinema #1990 #1990smovies #drama #crime #docudrama #violent #stylish #engrossing #funny #masterpiece #basedontruestory #themafia #italianamerican #newyork #1950s #1960s #1970s #1980s #robertdeniro #rayliotta #joepesci #paulsorvino #lorrainebracco #martinscorsese #greatfilm