Double: KING OF COMEDY + AFTER HOURS (35mm)
March 16 only
7:00pm: THE KING OF COMEDY
A deliciously dark counterpoint to the De Niro vehicle THE COMEDIAN (in theaters now!), Scorsese and his star forge a masterfully pitch-black comedy about an aspiring comedian, Rupert Pupkin, who lives in a fantasy world where he dreams of fame as a top comedian and talk show host. Only slightly less delusionally dangerous than his mohawked doppelganger Travis Bickle, Rupert kidnaps a real talk show host, (Jerry Lewis – playing it straight), because it’s “better to be king for a night than schmuck for a lifetime”. Throw Sandra Bernhard into the mix and the unsettling cringe-comedic energy of the entire enterprise crests way over the world of character study into a realm of surreal, demented delight.
Directed by Martin Scorsese. Written by Paul D. Zimmerman.(Comedy, Crime) 1982. 109 min. DCP.
Approximately 9:00pm: AFTER HOURS
Scorsese’s sweetly ominous screwball starring a-never-more-watchable Griffin Dunne as a fish-out-of-East Manhattan yuppie trailing bohemian bunny Patricia Arquette into the rabbit hole of a sinister, surreal SoHo where he is preyed upon by one arty inhabitant after another. Eventually pursued by locals roaming in packs, dream logic collides with foreboding & Hitchcockian informed suspense in this Kafkaesque comedy exploring the premise that just because you’re paranoid, doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.
Director: Martin Scorsese. 1985. 97 min. 35mm.
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