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Essential Scorsese: Selected by David Stratton

From Taxi Driver to Goodfellas.
By Sarah Ward
May 24, 2016
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By Sarah Ward
May 24, 2016
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Anything Melbourne can do, Sydney can do better — or, just as well, as Sydney Film Festival's first announcement for 2016 illustrates. If New South Wales-based movie buffs were feeling a bit of envy about the SCORSESE exhibition that's about the visit Melbourne's ACMI, SFF has swooped in to offer up the next best thing.

In partnership with ACMI, and as curated by none other than David Stratton, SFF will present a showcase of Martin Scorsese's essential films. How they whittled down the iconic auteur's efforts to just ten, we don't know. But, as The Movie Show and At the Movies' audiences did for decades, we'll just have to place our faith in one of Australia's most famous movie critics.

Given that the selection includes the seminal gangster flick Mean Streets and often overlooked musical New York, New York, viewers are in for some Scorsese gold (and yes, Robert De Niro is as much of a feature as the director, with Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas and Casino screening as well). For those after a slice of Scorsese's later-career flicks — and his collaborations with Leonardo DiCaprio — then The Aviator well and truly ticks that box.

They'll all screen on specially imported 35mm prints, because Scorsese isn't just about making movies, but about preserving the format of celluloid in this increasingly digital age. To whet your excitement, we'll leave you with this clip of De Niro doing stand up in The King of Comedy. No, he's not talking to you.

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