Archive of films New York, New York / New York, New York
1977, 136 min
Section: New Hollywood II
Scorsese’s grandiose and original tribute to classic Hollywood musicals. The brilliant Robert De Niro and Liza Minnelli portray a headstrong saxophonist and a talented singer whose stormy love affair in the age of swing is complicated not only by their different natures, but primarily by their artistic ambitions.
Grandiose, catastrophic, gorgeous, schizophrenic - these and many other attributes have been used over the last thirty years to characterise Martin Scorsese’s tribute to the Hollywood musicals of MGM studios. After the success of Taxi Driver, the most conversant of the New Hollywood “movie brats” took a tangent into the artificial world of the optimistic, romantic realism made famous by Vincent Minnelli and George Cukor. It was however “infected” by the modern view of romance and by an intense type of acting using frequent improvisation in the style of John Cassavetes. The brilliant Robert De Niro and Liza Minnelli portray a pair of artists whose stormy love affair is complicated not only by their different natures, but primarily by the different success that each of them has in materialising their artistic ambitions (as in, for example, Cukor’s A Star Is Born). When taken together with Coppola’s Apocalypse Now and Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate, Scorsese’s sweeping experiment, vindicated after many years, completes a trio of brilliantly unhinged films that definitively shattered the patience of the studio bosses and brought the era of New Hollywood to its end.
About the director
Martin Scorsese (b. 1942, Queens, New York City) has maintained his credit as a filmmaker of the classic Hollywood style, though it was not until last year that he was awarded with an Oscar for Best Director for the drama The Departed (2006). He works within the range of classic genres, be it melodrama (Age of Innocence, 1993), musical (New York, New York, 1977), biography (The Aviator, 2004 or, in its own way, The Last Temptation of Christ, 1988), comedy (The King of Comedy, 1983), or drama (Taxi Driver, 1976, Raging Bull, 1980). His work questions the value of moral imperatives in a violent, chaotic world where no rules apply; a theme he continued to examine even after Mean Streets (1973) in his other gangster pieces, GoodFellas (1990), Casino (1995) and The Departed.
About the film
Color, 35 mm
|Section:||New Hollywood II|
|Screenplay:||Earl Mac Rauch, Mardik Martin|
|Dir. of Photography:||Laszlo Kovacz|
|Music:||Fred Ebb, John Kander, George Gershwin|
|Editor:||Bert Lovitt, David Ramirez, Tom Rolf, Marcia Lucas, Irving Lerner|
|Producer:||Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler|
|Production:||Chartoff-Winkler Productions, United Artists|
|Cast:||Robert De Niro, Liza Minnelli, Lionel Stander, Mary Kay Place|
|Contact:||Hollywood Classics, Park Circus Limited|
Robert De Niro