Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro are arguably American cinema’s greatest director-actor team. It was a miracle from the moment De Niro walked into a bar to dance to “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” in “Meant Streets,” and they went on to make seven more films before Leonardo DiCaprio finally took his place. members selected by the director.
Not all of them are hits. “New York New York” received mediocre reviews and “comedy king” was a massive failure that many failed to achieve at the time, only to be considered another Scorsese classic after being re-evaluated by critics. in “Taxi Driver” and Jimmy Conway in ” Goodfellas”, which also earned him the Best Actor Oscar to date for “Raging Bull”.
Their partnership lasted a 24-year hiatus (not counting the $70 million “The Audition” commercial) after 1995’s “Casino,” which coincidentally was the same year that De Niro had a coffee sit-in. with Al Pacino in “The Heat.” The scene marked the first time the actors, perhaps the most talented of their generation, met on screen. Finally, when De Niro summoned again with Scorsese, it was also again with Pacino for “The Irishman”. The film is the welcome return of the two actors, giving us a reminder of why they are so revered.
De Niro has been busy since the turn of the century, but, like Pacino and several other big names from the ’70s, his roles have largely been a shadow of his former heights. For every turn as good as his performance in “Silver Linings Playbook”, there are quite a few stupid people like “Showtime” and “Dirty Grandpa”. During the same period, Leonardo DiCaprio became Scorsese’s new muse.