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Mob Movie Magic

Scorsese, De Niro, Pacino and Pesci turn back the hands of time to create The Irishman
By Marshall Fine | From Arnold Schwarzenegger, November/December 2019
Mob Movie Magic
Photo/Niko Tavernise / Netflix
When did Hollywood invent the time machine? That’s the question you may ask when the camera moves in on Robert De Niro’s face as he speaks on the phone in a crucial early scene of Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman . What you see is not the age-weathered face of the 76-year-old actor, but the De Niro from 30 years ago—the Goodfellas De Niro, the Midnight Run De Niro. But the most anticipated film of the fall awards season didn’t use science fiction, but bleeding-edge technology to create an old-school gangster epic. Given his status as one of America’s greatest directors, any Scorsese film is an occasion. But this film—based on the apparent confession of the man who …
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