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The King of Comedy


Location: Redstone Theater

Introduction by Nick Pinkerton

Followed by a live recording of a Martin Scorsese-themed Film Comment podcast with Nick Pinkerton, Nicolas Rapold, and Eric Hynes, hosted by Violet Lucca 

Dir. Martin Scorsese. 1982, 109 mins. Restored DCP. With Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis, Sandra Bernhard. Shot entirely on location in New York, Scorsese’s trenchant satire about fandom and the pursuit of fame features Robert De Niro as Rupert Pupkin, a delusional aspiring comic who enlists an overzealous fan in his deranged scheme to kidnap a talk-show host, brilliantly played by Jerry Lewis. A surprising shift in tone after Raging Bull, The King of Comedy is now widely recognized as one of Scorsese’s masterworks, and has proven to be especially prophetic about the dissolving boundaries between celebrity culture and daily life.

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