I usually hate this question and the morons who ask it but: Why is this film so great? All i got was the idiotic street dialogue, guys fighting/beating the crap out of eachother for some stupid reason ,"money money hurr durr my fucking money" and an annoying camera movement
Un homenaje al clásico cine negro aunque con un estilo propio. Scorsese inserta a los personajes y un estilo similiar al de "Who's That Knocking...", solo que en esta ocasión el contexto (los bajos fondos italoamericanos) es un protagonista más. Un individuo que se debate entre la amistad, el amor y sus propias ambiciones.
In film school it didn't do you any favours to openly dislike Scorsese, but I have to admit I was never quite as enamoured with his work in the way many of my fellow students were. However, revisiting this film last night I found it hard not to admire. Ever since I started teaching Film Studies my appreciation for Scorsese has grown because I see firsthand the excitement his work inspires in the students.
Outside of the brilliant Nick Nolte episode in NEW YORK STORIES, I have never gotten more pleasure out of a Martin Scorsese film than MEAN STREETS. To me, it is not only his most personal film, it is also his funniest and most inspired. And it is also the high point of Robert DeNiro's career. Sorry.
Mean Streets was a disorganized journey that took me a few days to process. Charlie's (Keitel) conflict between his ambitions and loyalty to his friend (De Niro) is developed slowly, with several (seemingly) unrelated allegories along the way. The relationship between the two characters resonated deeply with me, and the impact the film had on modern crime drama is undeniable.