R.obert De Niro returns in a gangster movie later The Irishman (on Netflix) of the friend Martin Scorsese. It is about Wise Guys which will be directed by another longtime director friend, Barry LevinsonOscar winner for Rain Man – The Rain Man with Dustin Hoffman. The curious note is that DeNiro he will play two characters of the mala who in 1957 tried to kill themselves.
Who knows if Levinsonauthor of masterpieces such as Sleepers (always interpreted among others by the actor of Taxi Driver), Pyramid of Fear, Good Morning Vietnam (with Robin Williams) and the same Rain Man, will manage to live up to those titles. The requirements seem to be there. Let’s see them in detail.
Wise Guys: the plot
DeNiro plays the role of Vito Genovese and Frank CostelloItalian-American crime boss at the head of their respective families. Genoese tried to assassinate Costello in 1957, but the plan failed. At that point Costello decided to get out of the underworld businessa move that is easier said than done.
To sign the script is Nicholas Pileggiauthor of the 1986 book Wiseguyfrom which the famous Scorsese film was made Those good guyswith De Niro himself and the just passed away Ray Liotta. There is no point of contact between the two films except the similarity of the titles. Among the producers stands out the name of Irwin Winklerformer manufacturer of Those good guys and the films of Rocky. In short, the conditions for a good gangster movie that looks to the classics all of the past are there.
De Niro and gangster movies: from The Godfather – part II to Once upon a time in America
The link between the gangster movie and Robert De Niro. Let’s think about The Godfather – Part IIwhere he played the famous Don Vito Corleone of Francis Ford Coppola and other titles signed by Scorsese such as Mean Streets, Casino, Those good guys and the most recent The Irishman.
And the list doesn’t end there. There are also Once upon a time in AmericaSergio Leone’s masterpiece where DeNiro plays the unforgettable Noodles, The Untouchables by Brian De Palma, in which we see him in the role of Al Capone and his nineties film Bronx.
Friendship with Barry Levinson is the masterpiece Sleepers
Not only Martin Scorsese. De Niro has also forged a deep bond with the director Barry Levinson. With him she worked in the cult Sleepers (if you want to recover it you can find it on Netflix), which was also attended by ours Vittorio Gassmanthen in Sex & Power and in comedy Disaster in Hollywood of 2008 with Kristen Stewart. Fifteen years later, the two return to work together.
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