Irish Film Institute -THE IRISHMAN



209 mins, USA, 2019, Digital

This film was released on Friday 8th November 2019 and is no longer screening. 

This film adaptation of Charles Brandt’s chronicle of the life and confessions of alleged mafia hitman Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran reunites director Martin Scorsese with previous collaborators including Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, and writer Steven Zaillian, and also features Al Pacino in his first role for the director.

World War II veteran Sheeran (De Niro) finds a mentor in Russell Bufalino (Pesci), and with his help, rises through the ranks of organised crime, eventually working alongside corrupt labour union leader Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino). While the performances of De Niro, Pacino, and especially Pesci are welcome reminders of their talent, the film is far from a retread of old glories; there is an elegiac, mournful quality, particularly as an elderly Frank considers the consequences of his actions, that shows Scorsese remains as surprising and restless a filmmaker as ever.

(Notes by Kevin Coyne.)

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