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The King Of Comedy

5

Scorsese's classic still stands up

Desperate wannabe Rupert Pupkin(Robert De Niro) couldn’t wait for his big break. Ironically, Martin Scorsese’s flop-turned-classic needed decades for reality (shows) to catch up with its funny-peculiar study of fame.

Uncharacteristically restrained in visual style, Scorsese trusts Paul D. Zimmerman’s pristine, prescient screenplay to deliver a masterclass in deadpan, and offers cast-iron proof of his talent with actors.

An ice-cold Jerry Lewis is revelatory as the object of Pupkin’s extreme attentions, while De Niro swaps menace for mirth and makes us squirm even more. David Brent and Alan Partridge owe him everything.

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