“As far back I can remember I always wanted to be a gangster.” Thus opens Martin Scorsese’s 1990 mob drama “Goodfellas,” and thus also opens editor Miguel Branco’s celebratory supercut of the film.
Branco has created a short montage celebrating the 25th anniversary of the film, which will be featured as the closing night selection of the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival, which was co-founded by “Goodfellas” star Robert De Niro.
The montage took Branco about three weeks of work. Before beginning, he had a rough idea of what the piece would look like, with plenty of shots in mind, but also had to go back and watch the film a few more times, taking notes, and digging into the behind the scenes and directors commentary and researching the film and real-life events for more perspective.
“The project was inspired by how much I adore the film as a whole,” Branco told Indiewire. “The risky editing and lavish cinematography is a huge reason I find this movie not only inspiring, but a good tool for any aspiring editor (or filmmaker in general) to study. I wanted to emulate as many of the film’s elements into the video as I could, such as the voice-over narration, brutality and smooth editing.”
The Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 15-26.