Rejoy! Below is Goodfellas making-of, Scorsese’s classic that depicts the life of American Gangsters, based on Nicholas Pileggi‘s non-fiction book Wiseguy, written in 1986.
Goodfellas is often used as a case study when it comes to editing, thanks to its infamous scene between Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci, that breaks continuity but delivers strong emotions. The long take from the street to inside the club with Liotta is also often referred to, as a great example of powerful cinematography. In this making-of, not only will you learn the anecdotes behind these two famous scenes from editor Thelma Schoonmaker and cinematographer Michael Ballhaus but also how Scorsese’s long time collaborators lived through the making-of the movie and what makes Scorsese such a unique director.
Actors also have a huge place in the making-of as they all explain why for them, working with Scorsese is like winning the lottery. Martin Scorsese’s passion, his working process with them, making him rehearse for 30/40 minutes so they will learn how to behave like the characters instead of acting like them offered to actors the ideal space to be creative and feel like true collaborators. And if you want more, there is more! Co-screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi talks about working with Scorsese on adapting the book, the producers talk about how the audience’s strong reaction during the test screening scared the Studio and Scorsese had to fight for Goodfellas to stay the way we know it, and all in all, everybody is very generous in explaining what makes Scorsese such a unique director. In other words, don’t miss out on this making-of, especially if you love Goodfellas and/or are a filmmaker!
Thanks to Jason Hirschhorne