Friday, June 15, 2012

The Great Scenes # 33: Goodfellas (1990)

Directed by Martin Scorsese

What another "Great Scenes" post? Well, the lead character of this film, Henry Hill, passed away this week at 69 years of age. I feel that it's appropriate to commemorate that by presenting one of the highlights of Martin Scorsese's great film about the mob, Goodfellas. In this scene, Henry takes his girlfriend into the Copacabana club through a secret entrance. This is done by one single tracking shot. More than just a gimmick, the tracking shot is also symbolical of just how fast this type of life seduces you. 

5 comments:

Mark said...

If the symbolism was intended, then this is a good example of how things can be more than just a gimmick.

Adam said...

haven't seen Goodfellas yet

That Bastard From Bellingham said...

Rest in peace, good sir.

May the feathers of angels soften thine sleep, Henry Hill.

Some Guy said...

ive heard good stuff about this film i gotta check it out

MRanthrope said...

picking great scenes from a film like Goodfellas is like choosing favorites amongst one's children...impossible! But I agree, this is easily one of the best shots in the entire film.

Ever watch the Boogie Nights audio commentary? PT Anderson drools over this tracking shot so hard it's awesome.