MEAN STREETS (NC16)

MARTIN SCORSESE

1973  |  United States  |  112 min  |  35mm  |  In English  |  NC16 (Some Nudity)

SYNOPSIS

Charlie Cappa is just another young Italian-American trying to juggle career, love and friendship. Working for his mobster uncle, he has a hard time reconciling his strong Catholic faith with his mafia ambitions. In love with Teresa who suffers from epileptic seizures, and loyal to Johnny Boy who is always in debt, Charlie has a penchant of putting others before himself. When Johnny Boy incurs the wrath of a loan shark, the three of them struggle to escape the grim life of Little Italy.

First released in 1973, this will be the 40th anniversary of Mean Streets. The film was independently financed, and even though Scorsese had worked on the script for seven years, he only had 27 days to shoot the entire film. Based on his experiences growing up in Little Italy, Mean Streets is arguably director Martin Scorsese's most personal work to date.

The film was also noted for its rock-and-roll soundtrack, for which Scorsese reportedly spent half of the film's budget on obtaining soundtrack rights. The film was not a commercial success in its initial release, but has since received acclaim for its portrayal of the gritty details and daily struggles in the life of a small-time thug.

Awards: Selected for preservation in the United States Film Registry for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”.

 

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Martin Scorsese is an Academy Award-winning director, best known for films such as Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980) and Goodfellas (1990). His films often explore themes of violence, guilt and redemption. Scorsese is also known for his distinctive filmmaking style of gritty realism and cinematography, with Mean Streets often regarded as his directorial breakthrough feature. His most recent works include The Departed (2006), Shutter Island (2010) and Hugo (2011).