New York, New York
Dir. Martin Scorsese. 1977, 164 mins. 35mm. With Robert De Niro, Liza Minnelli. Scorsese’s ode to classic MGM musicals and 1940s jazz marked a departure of sorts for him, combining his gritty hard-boiled realism (he had just made Taxi Driver) with a celebration of the surreal artificiality of Hollywood. Minnelli belts out the now-classic title song in a show-stopping finale.