MY LOVELY LIST: ‘CASINO’ (1995)
“Whatsamatta you, Eric? How did you talk about Martin Scorsese without seeing one of his crime classics? It’s easy enough to see ‘Casino’ as a wonderfully entertaining, three-hour odyssey into the sick heart of gilded success – but it is It is also a film that, as you may say, has it all. One of the big names in cinema that shows work that is so energetic that it is exhausting. Intoxicating, lively cinematography that brings you straight to the play floor behind (rather above) the floor, which is still, after countless considerations, it triggers shock and twitching, a cruel, evil, career-perfect twist by James Woods, a soundtrack that may as well be listening to a player’s coke-filled brain, and a last line, which also represents the highest possible upper limit for Scorsese-De Niro’s oeuvre, should have been brought into the desert for this oversight meanwhile you have to see Joe Pesci in his underwear.) ”
Why had I never seen it before?
I love Martin Scorsese. I will tell you without hesitation that he is one of the top five post-war American directors. (Nobody except film textbook authors really uses World War II as a point of separation for American cinema, but practice is beginning to spread, sorry.) Despite my admiration for old Marty, I have to shamefully admit that I’ve never seen eight of the 22 feature films which he shot (it was nine before “Casino”) range from less important entries like “Boxcar Bertha” to the more important “Last Temptation of Christ”. Every time he makes a new film, I think it would be a good opportunity to catch up on the previous things I missed and every time I miss it. Many of his films are about dilapidated Catholics, people who claim Catholic heritage but don’t practice it. Maybe I’m a derelict Scorsesian?
How much of it had I seen?
Not a bit unless you’ve seen “Goodfellas”, which is something like “casino”. I’ve also been to some casinos.
What did I know about it before I saw it?
– Sharon Stone – famous at the time for “Basic Instinct” – was nominated for the Best Actress Award for her performance in the “Casino”. As if that wasn’t surprising enough, it was the only Oscar nomination the film received, a rarity for a Scorsese film. Stone lost the Oscar, but later her husband was attacked by a Komodo dragon, so that’s funny.
– The film is based on a book by Nicholas Pileggi, whose “Wiseguy” was the source for “Goodfellas”. Pileggi loves the mafia! Pileggi has a picture of the mafia over his bed and writes “N.P. + T.M.” on all his papers in school.