Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro classics back for special season

Robert De Niro and director Martin Scorsese (centre) with Goodfellas cast members Ray Liotta, Paul S

Robert De Niro and director Martin Scorsese (centre) with Goodfellas cast members Ray Liotta, Paul Sorvino and Joe Pesci. Picture: Warner Bros - Credit: Warner Bros

As their latest project heads to Netflix, see six of the iconic film collaborations between the director and actor on the big screen in Norwich and Bury St Edmunds.

Screen chemistry: Goodfellas, Taxi Driver, The King of Comedy, Cape Fear, Raging Bull and Casino.

Screen chemistry: Goodfellas, Taxi Driver, The King of Comedy, Cape Fear, Raging Bull and Casino. - Credit: Archant

Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro have frequently collaborated throughout their careers, making eight feature films together, beginning with 1973's Mean Streets to Casino in 1991.

Some of the director's most iconic work and the actor's most powerful performances have come while working together. It is an astounding body of work, brimful of unforgettable scenes and characters.

There has been much excitement therefore about the possibility of the pair teaming up again. Now it seems to finally be happeing after their much-anticiapted, on-off project The Irishman was snapped up by online streaming giants Netflix.

The Irishman centres on real life mob hitman Frank 'The Irishman' Sheeran and is being adapted from the 2004 book I Heard You Paint Houses.


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However while we will have to wait for the pair's ninth collaboration — which may end up on our TVs rather than in cinemas — there is a chance to relive one of modern cinema's most powerful pairings with a season of six of their classic collaborations in a special season at Norwich's Cinema City and the Abbeygate Cinema in Bury St Edmunds.

The season starts with the new restoration from the BFI of 1990 gangster classic Goodfellas (18) on March 5 (5pm Bury/7.30pm Norwich) and March 6 (1pm, Cinema City only). What do you mean funny? It is a wisecracking, violent, rags-to-riches gangster masterpiece flows through the bloodstream of any impassioned movie-goer.

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The season continues with Raging Bull (March 12), Scorsese's extraordinary, compelling examination of the career of prizefighter Jake La Motta – and the destructive urges of the masculine psyche – progressing from his strutting days as unbeaten champion boxer in the 1940s to his pathetic degeneration into a fat slob in the late 50s.

Often unjustly overlooked and precient of our unhealthy obsession with celebrity, The King of Comedy follows on March 19 with De Niro as comedian wannabe Rupert Pupkin who stalks a chat-show host, played by Jerry Lewis.

Scorsese's retelling of the 1962 chiller Cape Fear, with De Niro as psychotic ex-con Max Cady, screens on March 26. Taxi Driver, featuring the actor's most memorable role of Travis Bickle, screens on April 2.

For the final film of the season on April 9 there is a choice. Cinema City has Casino, which again paired Scorsese with Nicholas Pileggi, writer of GoodFellas. The Abbeygate Cinema is showing Mean Streets, the tale of small-time hoods that marked Scorsese's arrival as an important cinematic voice and De Niro as a memerising young talent.

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