A gangster film by a master of the genre, with a great cast…The Irishman, Martin Scorsese’s new film, is out now on Netflix.
After a limited theatrical release, Martin Scorsese’s epic “The Irishman”, arrives on Netflix, supported by a praiseworthy review and already anticipated for the Oscars.
With a budget of $160 million, 117 different film locations, 309 distinct scenes, an exceptional cast, a film of nearly 3h30, it is one of the most ambitious productions in director’s career, although he has a lot of them.
Frank Sheeran, nicknamed “The Irishmanˮ, and played on screen by Robert De Niro, did exist. In his youth, he served in the U.S. military during the Second World War before being hired as a truck driver and making money by becoming a hit man for the mafia. The film covering the 1950s to 1990s portrays this man and his life as a criminal. Some time before his death in late 2003, he revealed that he killed Jimmy Hoffa in the 1970s, the leader of a truck drivers’ union camped on screen by Al Pacino. The latter threatened to expose his close links with the Chicago mafia. Hoffa mysteriously disappeared on July 30, 1975 in the parking lot of a Michigan restaurant.
Written by Steven Zaillian, the screenwriter, among others, of Schindler’s The List and Gangs of New York, The Irishman is based on Charles Brandt’s book, I Heard You Paint Houses. An expression that refers to the profession of contract killing in the criminal world. “Martin Scorsese and I wanted to work together again,” explains Robert de Niro. “We were thinking about a project, the story of a retired West Coast hitman. Then I read this book by Charles Brandt. I found it very interesting and it made me want to do some research on Frank Sheeran. That was two and a half years before The Irishman. When I read it, I said to Martin, “You absolutely have to read this book. It started from there.”
Martin Scorsese explained why his film The Irishman was released by the svod giant and not in cinemas. “This film was the right one, it took us about 9 years and during those 9 years, we couldn’t find financing. No one was interested,” explained the director of Les Affranchis. “(The studios) didn’t want to do this one. They didn’t want to finance it, especially when we ended up having to do special effects that were very expensive. The cost really deterred them ($169 million). “And suddenly, the Netflix group arrives and tells us that they are ready to finance us 100% and especially by giving us carte blanche. So the film had to be made that way.” The Irishman will be available on Netflix from November 27.