So, the film class has been going well, thank you very much, but we still have two sessions to go. April 14 we move into the 1980s with Martin Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy.”

Starring Jerry Lewis as a late night talk show host and Robert DeNiro as his obsessive fan, the film is a black comedy about the lengths a man will go to in order to be a star, and the strange nature of celebrity. Though it’s themes are at times quite dark, it’s also an incredibly funny film.

The film is notable for putting both Lewis and DeNiro in highly atypical roles, as well as for putting Scorsese’s hard hitting directorial style in a genre far different from the gangster films and dark dramas that have made him a legend.

With the possible exception of “Bringing Out The Dead,” “The King of Comedy” is probably the least-viewed Scorsese film made in the past 20 years, largely because it’s so unusual for this particular director to make a film of this type. In spite of that, Scorsese’s fingerprints are all over it, which makes it a joy to watch.

After that we have one more week of The Best Films You’ve Never Seen. We will conclude the course with a screening on April 21 of “Blood Simple,” a neo-noir picture set in Texas made by The Coen Brothers.

All screenings start at 7 p.m. in the Wynne Home Arts Center gallery. Popcorn and beverages will be served, and as always, it’s free. So come on out, and bring a friend or two.

 

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