The Irishman, dir. Martin Scorsese, USA 2019, 210 min., English
The situation, sadly, is that we now have two separate fields: there’s worldwide audio-visual entertainment, and there’s cinema. They still overlap from time to time, but that’s becoming increasingly rare. And I fear that the financial dominance of one is being used to marginalise and even belittle the existence of the other. For anyone who dreams of making movies or who is just starting out, the situation at this moment is brutal and inhospitable to art.
– Martin Scorsese
To celebrate Martin Scorsese’s commitment to protecting and supporting cinema as an art form, the ICA presents The Irishman, which marks the director’s return to the gangster genre.
Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci star in The Irishman, an epic saga of organised crime in post-war America told through the eyes of hustler, hitman and World War II veteran Frank Sheeran. Spanning several decades, the film chronicles the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa, a key unsolved mystery in American history. This sprawling story offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organised crime: its inner workings, rivalries and connections to mainstream politics.