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The King of Comedy

Instrueret af Martin Scorsese
USA, 1982
Komedie, Drama

Synopsis

When aspiring comic Rupert Pupkin meets his talk show host idol, he sees it as the perfect opportunity for him to reach his dream of stardom. But when he gets rebuffed, Pupkin kidnaps his idol to make sure he gets what he wants.

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The King of Comedy Instrueret af Martin Scorsese
Scorsese infuses this tale with the passionate energy of New York street life and an outsider’s wonder at the powerful workings of show business and studio craft. A lingering closeup on a photo of Langford (i.e., of Lewis) as a preternaturally wise youth evokes his force of character and touch of genius, which underlies it all.
June 24, 2016
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Lewis’ performance is one of masterful and astringent stillness, as precisely controlled as the seemingly spontaneous pratfalls and vocal tics that made his reputation, his impassive glare a perpetual rebuke to De Niro’s agitation. This ouroboros of narcissism and neurosis is probably the most austere work of Scorsese’s career; few other films are invested so deeply with Sartre’s admonition, "hell is other people.
June 22, 2016
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The film brilliantly keeps viewers unmoored, the result of its consistently off-kilter tone. Though filled with sight gags and corny jokes, the movie is also darkened by genuine menace, as Rupert, aided by fellow unhinged Jerry Langford superfan Masha (Sandra Bernhard), becomes ever more desperate to get the icon’s attention. But the most generative tension in the film emerges from the clash of performance styles…
June 21, 2016
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  • Zachary T.'s rating of the film The King of Comedy

    "MOM!" Ironically, this is probably Marty's most disturbing film. Remember that uncomfortable scene in "Taxi Driver" where Bickle flies into an embarrassing tirade at the campaign office? Stretch that out over an entire film, and you've got "The King of Comedy," for better and for worse. Jet-black humor offers some levity, but this is a painful, cringe-inducing study of celebrity worship and loneliness.

  • João Eça's rating of the film The King of Comedy

    "Better to be king for a night than schmuck for a lifetime." What a sad movie: Jerry Lewis watching Fuller's "Pickup on South Street" materialises Scorcese's view of the death of cinema by television. Scorcese constructs a world where success is the only possible shortcut for happiness and love. Jerry Lewis slapping Sandra Bernhard reminds one of Karloff slappping the kid in Bogdanovich's "Targets". This is the end.

  • Christopher M. Jones's rating of the film The King of Comedy

    This almost wound up being my favorite Scorcese but the ending felt too rushed, and there are a couple of scenes where one isn't sure if what's occurring on screen or one of Pupkin's delusions, which beaks the dramatic flow of the film. Still, at the very least it's a wonderful companion piece to Taxi Driver.

  • HEDONIST's rating of the film The King of Comedy

    oh the schadenfreude ... another brilliant performance by De Niro playing the role of the full-on sociopath -- saw reflections of Cape Fear and Taxi Driver... De Niro is just really suited to play these sorts of roles... an excellent job by him and by Bernhard as well ... loved watching this film ...

  • Dave's rating of the film The King of Comedy

    While there certainly are many moments where you can’t help but chuckle at Rupert Pupkin, it is not the same type of laughter you experience with a classic comedy, but more of a very uneasy laughter. You’re laughing, but you’re more troubled than amused. Rather than looking at it is a normal comedy, I'm more inclined to compare this to Taxi Driver, with two lonely men losing it and "dreaming big."

  • comeandsee's rating of the film The King of Comedy

    a very impressive piece of work on the very thin line between anonymity and fame. the alienation, isolation and utter desperate violent need for fame which plagues pumpkin is fantastically presented in de niro's performance. there is a unseen emitional violence bumbling under the surface and at times this presents an uneasy tone. scorsese's masterpiece, and a level which he has struggled to consistently reporduce.

  • Z's rating of the film The King of Comedy

    Just about perfect. A pitch black comedy with a razor sharp edge. De Niro creates an indelible portrait of celebrity worship sliding into madness. Sandra Bernhard gives a ferocious and heartbreaking performance. Jerry Lewis is fantastic and very funny. This film looks more cutting edge and prescient with each passing year. Scorsese saw very clearly where our degraded tabloid culture was headed. Always cracks me up.

  • Henri de Corinth's rating of the film The King of Comedy

    Rewatch of a 4K restoration. For me personally, After Hours and this are much more entertaining and interesting than any of the pity parties or gangster films Scorsese is famous for.

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