Martin Scorsese, one of America’s most influential filmmakers, returns to the world of mobsters, greed, and excess that he explored so compellingly in 1990’s Goodfellas. Set in the 1970s and reveling in the minute details of how Las Vegas casinos operate, the film chronicles the rise and fall of casino manager Ace Rothstein (Robert De Niro). As the king of his domain, Ace efficiently runs the business and regularly sends lots of cold cash to his bosses. Helping him keep the casino’s employees and customers honest is his best friend, Nicky (Joe Pesci), a violent sociopath. Although Ace aims to run a relatively respectable casino, the volatile Nicky wants to take over the entire gambling mecca, and when Ginger McKenna (Sharon Stone), a seasoned Vegas hustler, enters the picture, Ace and Nicky’s friendship is complicated even further. As drugs and alcohol become a bigger part of Ginger’s life, all three are eventually brought down by their own greed and blind ambition. –amazon
Martin Scorsese was born in New York City and soon developed a passion for cinema and a particular admiration for neo-realist cinema which inspired him and influenced his view or portrayal of his Sicilian heritage. After graduating from NYU Film School in 1966 and making a number of shorts, he shot his first feature-length film Who’s That Knocking at My Door (1968) with fellow student, actor Harvey Keitel, and editor Thelma Schoonmaker both of whom were to become long-term collaborators. Mean Streets followed in 1973 and provided the benchmarks for the ‘Scorsese style’. After Scorsese directed Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, the trio was reunited for the dark journey of Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver. After New York, New York Scorsese released Raging Bull. The acclaimed biography of middleweight fighter Jake LaMotta was followed by exploration of fans as pariah in The King of Comedy, dark-comic dreams in After Hours and pool sharks in The Color of Money. Scorsese outraged some religious… read more
Scorsese ci regala uno spaccato di un mondo affascinante col suo stile fantastico e inimitabile. La prima parte è un capolavoro di montaggio e stile narrativo che ti porta al centro della storia e ti fà gustare ogni singola scena. La seconda si concentra sul tracollo del suo fragile equlibrio familiare, come metafora della fine di un potere consolidato.Il ritmo è sempre ottimo e farlo per 3 ore non è da poco. 4*
Like many of his pervious works the Scorsese focus on the theme of man and woman that turn the very force they use to survive in their deprived reality on each other. There is more emphasis on this theme of dysfunctional people and their inability to cope than any other work he had done. The casino is a great backdrop but there is much more to be found in this movie. Like everyone said Sharon Stone is great in this
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Martin Scorsese’s Casino literally begins with a bang and from the beginning, Scorsese delivers on his promise to deliver pure rapid-fire Scorsesian excitement. This is not to say that Casino is exactly… read review