Our salute to 2024’s Oscar nominees flashes way back to 1973 as we present the recent 4K restoration of MEAN STREETS, a celebrated career breakthrough for Martin Scorsese and the first in the director’s famous string of collaborations with fellow KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON nominee Robert De Niro.
Martin Scorsese emerged as a generation-defining filmmaker with this gritty portrait of 1970s New York City, one of the most influential works of American independent cinema. Set in the insular Little Italy neighborhood of Scorsese’s youth, Mean Streets follows guilt-ridden small-time ringleader Charlie (Harvey Keitel) as he deals with the debts owed by his dangerously volatile best pal, Johnny Boy (Robert De Niro), and pressure from his headstrong girlfriend, Teresa (Amy Robinson). As their intertwined lives spiral out of control, Scorsese showcases his precocious mastery of film style — evident in everything from his propulsive editing rhythms to the lovingly curated soundtrack — to create an electrifying vision of sin and redemption. (Criterion)
“Terrific… top shelf talent at the top of their game, working immediately before they would change Hollywood.” – Empire Magazine