THE IRISHMAN actually started about thirty-five years ago with the idea of the remake of The Bad and the Beautiful and the sequel Two Weeks in Another Town. Somehow we exhausted that. And so when [Robert De Niro] came across this story and gave it to me, he said: “You know, this is an amazing part for Joe, if he wants to do it.” And also for Al Pacino—and I never worked with Al all these years, you know? We just knew that they were right for it. And then we looked at each other and realized we were meant for this somehow. It’s not necessarily a culmination, but a sense of contemplation of where we are, near the end of our lives. — Martin Scorsese
To open the American Cinematheque series The Films of Marty and Bob, Scorsese and De Niro will participate in a full discussion about forty-five years of cinematic collaboration, followed by a screening of their latest masterpiece THE IRISHMAN.
Saturday, January 4, at 6 pm.
6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles.
Martin Scorsese, The Irishman (2019), from top: Joe Pesci (left) and Robert De Niro; De Niro, Al Pacino, and Ray Romano; Kathrine Narducci (left) and Stephanie Kurtzuba; U.S. film poster; De Niro and Bobby Cannavale (foreground right); De Niro, Pesci, and Lucy Gallina. Images courtesy and © the filmmaker, the actors, the photographers, and Netflix.