Welcome to Framed, a column at Cinematical that celebrates the artistry of cinema -- one frame at a time.
Even though this is a column that focuses on things like cinematography, and the depth or meaning of composition, I held off writing about the works of Martin Scorsese for as long as I could. The director is perhaps the greatest American filmmaker of our time and I didn't want to make it too easy on myself to sing his praises. Scorsese is an artist deeply revered by fellow auteurs and audiences alike. His monumental filmography has been a huge influence on filmmakers the world over – winning us over with his stunning visual style and raw emotionality. While I could easily highlight any number of films by the director, I've chosen to celebrate one of his most memorable movies – a film that has been dubbed one the greatest gangster films in cinematic history – 'Goodfellas.'
September 19th marked the 20th anniversary of the film, which Scorsese found inspiration for in the pages of Nicholas Pileggi's book 'Wiseguy.' He was fascinated by the author's account of the mobster lifestyle, applauding its brutally honest portrayal of Italian-American criminals looking to turn a fast buck. The two set out to work on a script for the feature, which Pileggi dubbed a "mob home movie" and the rest, as they say, is history.
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