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NYFF Review: “The Irishman” Directed by Martin Scorsese

NYFF Review: “The Irishman” Directed by Martin Scorsese

Invoking his signature cinematic past, in the opening-night film of the 57th New York Film Festival, director Martin Scorsese opens The Irishman, his 209-minute mob-focused opus, with a long tracking shot. Instead of weaving through casino slots or dinner tables though, this visual tour slowly glides past the sterile, morose hallways of a nursing home to greet a solitary, white-haired old man, staring blankly into an empty room. The movie’s primary focus and sole storyteller, Frank Sheeran, played by Robert De Niro, looks into the camera and begins meditating on the unthinkable, unlikely atrocities and long gestating regrets that have consumed his life. If it’s fair to label this the conclusion to a trilogy, the bow wrapping together Scorsese’s mob-centric classics Goodfellas and Casino, then it’s also fair to consider it a technical and spiritual hard pivot.

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