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Aero Theatre | Q&A discussion about Ray Liotta’s career with BLACK BIRD showrunner Dennis Lehane, moderated by Tim Grierson.
Screening begins with BLACK BIRD Episode 103, “Hand to Mouth.” We invite you to watch the first two episodes on Apple TV+ prior to the screening.
Ray Liotta: An American Cinematheque Retrospective
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BLACK BIRD, 2022, Apple TV+
Inspired by actual events, when high school football hero and decorated policeman’s son Jimmy Keene (Taron Egerton) is sentenced to 10 years in a minimum security prison, he is given the choice of a lifetime — enter a maximum-security prison for the criminally insane and befriend suspected serial killer Larry Hall (Paul Walter Hauser), or stay where he is and serve his full sentence with no possibility of parole. Keene quickly realizes his only way out is to elicit a confession and find out where the bodies of several young girls are buried before Hall’s appeal goes through. But is this suspected killer telling the truth? Or is it just another tale from a serial liar? This dramatic and captivating story subverts the crime genre by enlisting the help of the very people put behind bars to solve its mysteries.
“Hand to Mouth,” 65 min.
Struggling with his transition to maximum security prison, Jimmy initiates a friendship with Larry. New holes in Larry’s stories are uncovered.
GOODFELLAS, 1990, Park Circus, 146 min, USA, Dir: Martin Scorsese.
Martin Scorsese’s quintessential mob epic, produced by Irwin Winkler and based on Nicholas Pileggi’s Wiseguy, stars Ray Liotta 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.
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