Los Angeles’ American Cinematheque has announced it will host “A Tribute to Irwin Winkler,” celebrating the legendary filmmaker whose frequent collaborations with Martin Scorsese have led to several critically acclaimed and iconic films over nearly four decades spent together. The pair have worked together frequently — and quite successfully — over the years, and their shared credits include “New York, New York,” “Raging Bull,” “Goodfellas” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
The three-day event will feature showings of their past films, capped off by a rare, in-person conversation between the two Oscar winners. On Saturday, December 3, Winkler and Scorsese will be on hand at the Egyptian for an 80-minute conversation about their past work together, along with discussion about their latest project, “Silence,” which arrives on December 23 after a twenty-eight-year development period.
The tribute will take place December 1 – 3 at the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.
Check out the full program schedule for “A Tribute to Irwin Winkler” below, with event synopses provided by the American Cinematheque.
“Raging Bull,” 1980, Park Circus/MGM, 128 min. Dir. Martin Scorsese.
Thursday, December 1 at 7:30 PM at the Egyptian Theatre
A stunning B&W portrait of prizefighter Jake La Motta (Robert De Niro) and his harrowing, destructive bouts in and out of the ring, beautifully shot by cinematographer Michael Chapman. Winner of Academy Awards for Best Actor (De Niro) and Editing (Thelma Schoonmaker). With Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci. Introduction by producer Irwin Winkler.
“Goodfellas,” 1990, Warner Bros., 146 min.
Friday, December 2 at 7:30 PM at the Aero Theatre
Irwin Winkler produced this quintessential mob epic directed by Martin Scorsese and based on Nicholas Pileggi’s Wiseguy. Ray Liotta stars as Henry Hill, a real life mobster, whose captivating narration rivals that of previous Scorsese antihero Travis Bickle. Joe Pesci won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor as charismatic sociopath Tommy DeVito, and Robert De Niro shines as the brutal Jimmy Conway. Filled with memorable characters, a wealth of atmosphere, beautiful tracking shots by cinematographer Michael Ballhaus and, as always in Scorsese films, an amazing soundtrack. The all-star cast also includes Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino, Frank Vincent and even a young Michael Imperioli (“The Sopranos”) in the small but memorable role of Spider. Introduction by producer Irwin Winkler.
“New York, New York” 1977, Park Circus/MGM, 163 min.
Saturday, December 3 – 1:00 PM at the Egyptian Theatre
Director Martin Scorsese called it a “film noir musical.” A powerful and misunderstood tribute to musical forefathers Vincente Minnelli and Stanley Donen, it melds larger-than-life soundstage musicals and kitchen-sink realism. Scorsese mainstay Robert De Niro stars as Jimmy Doyle, a WWII veteran who returns home on V-Day and attempts to pick up Francine Evans (Liza Minnelli) at a huge party. Her career as a singer is on the rise while his inventive saxophone style has not yet caught on. Often improvised, De Niro’s performance comes off like a more musical cousin of Travis Bickle while Minnelli soars in the final act. The breathtaking production design is by the legendary Boris Leven. Also features Mary Kay Place, Barry Primus and Dick Miller. Introduction by producer Irwin Winkler.
A Conversation with Martin Scorsese and Irwin Winkler, 80 min.
Saturday, December 3 – 4:30 PM at the Egyptian Theatre
Director Martin Scorsese and producer Irwin Winkler have teamed to create some of the most acclaimed motion pictures of our time, among them “Raging Bull,” “Goodfellas” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Join us for a discussion between the two Oscar winners about their longstanding collaboration and clips of their work together, including the upcoming period drama “Silence.”
Tickets for the special event will be available on Fandango.com starting November 22 or at the Egyptian Theatre box office. Tickets are $30.