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The Director's Chair => Martin Scorsese => Topic started by: SHAFTR on December 06, 2003, 01:43:37 AM

Title: The King of Comedy
Post by: SHAFTR on December 06, 2003, 01:43:37 AM
I noticed there wasn't a thread on this film.  I just saw it (on the big screen) and I was a big fan of the film.  I knew a big deal was made about Meet the Parents and how DeNiro does comedy.  I think this movie is very funny and so is DeNiro.  His performance in this is top notch, he skillfilly balances between funny and crazy.  I thought the mis-en-scene was excellent, with the way DeNiro was always framed as if he was on a Late Show.  The use of telephoto lens to flatten the image out to make it seem like tv.

I know that it wasn't really critically praised when it was released or that it didn't do well at all at the Box Office.

I really enjoyed the Taxi Driver like ending.
Title: The King of Comedy
Post by: Pedro on December 06, 2003, 01:58:58 AM
Hah...man you dont even have to say anything, and we know you're in film school.  That's ok, I think the same way about things.  But i haven't seen this film yet...hm.  i think ill netflix it soon
Title: The King of Comedy
Post by: SHAFTR on December 06, 2003, 02:05:00 AM
The print I saw (only 16mm) wasn't matted correctly, so we watched it in academy ratio.  I thought it was because Scorsese shot it like that to give a look of television.  Than I found out about the matting problem.
Title: The King of Comedy
Post by: Gold Trumpet on December 06, 2003, 09:21:29 AM
I never liked the film. My main problem is that the complexity of thought and idea applied to the film seems like it should have been a short film instead. Unlike other better comedies, the movie is hardly inventive with new ideas. It just drags out this man's obcession for this talk show host with the same simple points. I just kept feeling a pounding of it to where it became lame. And thing is, De Niro is fine. Scorsese understands the filmmaking perspective he has to take, but the story really starts with an idea hardly new and gives very little to add to it.
Title: The King of Comedy
Post by: Finn on December 06, 2003, 09:37:21 AM
This movie and The Color of Money are the only two Scorsese movies I haven't seen.
Title: The King of Comedy
Post by: tpfkabi on December 06, 2003, 03:01:31 PM
this is my personal favorite Scorsese film.....i've said stuff about it before somewhere......is this his only PG film?
Title: The King of Comedy
Post by: cine on December 06, 2003, 03:09:21 PM
I doubt it. I think New York, New York and The Last Waltz were PG and probably Kundun too.
Title: The King of Comedy
Post by: SoNowThen on December 06, 2003, 03:23:55 PM
Kundun and Age Of Innocence are PG
Title: The King of Comedy
Post by: soixante on December 07, 2003, 01:13:55 PM
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore is rated PG.
Title: The King of Comedy
Post by: tpfkabi on December 07, 2003, 02:44:29 PM
ok. i haven't seen any of those, but a few of those are documentaries though, right?

that must have been a big switch.....wasn't the screenplay written by the same guy that wrote Taxi Driver? he went from a film filled with dark subject matter/ violence to one with no language/violence......i think i've read somewhere that Scorsese didn't really care for the film all that much

i wonder if the title sequence sparked QT's Kill Bill title sequence......i guess it's kinda opposite because KoC jars you when the frame becomes unfrozen at the end....as opposed to the gunshot in KB at the beginning
Title: The King of Comedy
Post by: RegularKarate on December 07, 2003, 05:51:58 PM
the screenwriter was not the same for Taxi Driver and KOC does have violence in it... just not the same kind of violence that Taxi Driver or say... Goodfellas does.

I liked King of Comedy... I personally wouldn't ever want to own the DVD, but I enjoyed the film.
Title: The King of Comedy
Post by: tpfkabi on December 08, 2003, 07:34:19 PM
ok, i was thinking it was paul schrader who wrote both TD and RB, but the screenwriter for KOC got an award from the British Academy......so i was contrasting two different people......still it's quite a different MS movie

if you haven't seen it in widescreen, you're missing something.......beautiful pastels
Title: The King of Comedy
Post by: bonanzataz on December 14, 2003, 09:14:44 PM
the chick who turned madonna on to kabbalah is funny in this movie.
Title: Re: The King of Comedy
Post by: wilder on November 08, 2012, 03:00:58 PM
Watch: Rare Footage Of Martin Scorsese & Michael Powell On The Set Of 'The King Of Comedy'
via The Playlist

The short version of the story goes like this. In 1960, Michael Powell of the famed Powell & Pressburger directorial team, struck out on his own and helmed "Peeping Tom." The result? Critics and British industry savaged the movie at the time, and he found himself essentially excommunicated and exiled. However, he was championed by the new school of American filmmakers, Martin Scorsese, in particular. It was through him that he met his future wife, editor Thelma Schoonmaker, and the rest is history.

The interwebs serves a brief but lovely document of their friendship, as some footage of Powell visiting Scorsese on the set of "The King of Comedy" has surfaced. It seems to be an excerpt from a longer documentary about Powell, but regardless, it's quick glance behind the scenes of Scorsese's film as well as some kind words from the director about his hero. It's some pretty charming stuff all around. Give it a spin below. Update: Movies.com also found footage of Powell and Francis Ford Coppola touring Zoetrope Studios, watch below.

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Title: Re: The King of Comedy
Post by: socketlevel on November 08, 2012, 06:06:46 PM
i'd put money on scorsese being coked up in that first clip.

You should include that one of the reasons why he was exiled was because the film was about the dangers of voyeurism and it used the camera (even literally) as a weapon of rape/murder.

That's so punk rock. So his career suffered, meh whatever, he'll live forever because of it.
Title: Re: The King of Comedy
Post by: ElPandaRoyal on November 09, 2012, 04:46:00 AM
Peeping Tom is one of those movies I've only seen once years ago, but it's been staying with me every day ever since. It truly is amazing and kind of changed the way I watch movies.
Title: Re: The King of Comedy
Post by: Reelist on November 09, 2012, 11:12:22 AM
It's one of my favorite movies and I haven't even seen it yet.
Title: Re: The King of Comedy
Post by: Alexandro on November 10, 2012, 10:53:07 AM
scorsese looks scary in that clip.