Ferrara’s directorial achievement in “Welcome to New York” is mighty and terrifying. The filmmaker has every right to be upset—but should also, nonetheless, remain proud. It seems likely that his own R-rated cut of the movie would have remained much closer to his own original version. At the same time, for all the indignities inflicted on the film by Wild Bunch, the movie is still Ferrara’s own.
March 26, 2015