Martin Scorsese / US, 1990 / 145 min.
Scorsese shows the lure of a criminal lifestyle on an Irish-Italian boy living in New York’s working-class East Brooklyn neighbourhood. Between 1955 and 1980 Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) rises through the ranks from dogsbody to mafia boss, only to end in coke-riddled delusions of grandeur. Also starring Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci. 4K restoration to celebrate the film’s 30th anniversary.
Goodfellas is based on Wiseguy, Nicholas Pileggi's bestselling biography of Henry Hill. As in Mean Streets (1973) and Taxi Driver (1976), Scorsese’s portrait of a milieu has an almost documentary feel. The mafia is not glorified; the 'goodfellas' practise their trade as a hobby and are extremely violent. Gangster Conway: “That's the way. You don't take no shit from nobody.”
With a prefilm from Eye's collection
Per grandi e piccini (NL 1955, 2”, Italian spoken, Dutch subtitles).