Scene/Shot of the Month
In the must see Gangster film Goodfellas, directed by Martin Scorsese, one particular shot is much talked about...

When Henry (Ray Liotta) takes Karen (Lorraine Bracco) to the Copacabana Club, they enter through a service door and through a labyrinth of passageways, (past a cook wearing a modern Mets hat!), until they finally emerge in the dining room. 

Scorsese was inspired by the long Steadicam shot in Brian De Palma`s The Untouchables from 1987, and it only took seven takes. (One take was ruined because Henny Youngman forgot his lines).

Now-legendary, the Steadicam sequence through the nightclub kitchen was actually an accident, as Scorsese was refused permission to go through the front door, and had to improvise an alternative.

Although Scorsese collaborated on the screenplay, for which he received an Oscar nomination, much of the film`s eventual dialogue was improvised by the actors, and some actual mobsters were hired as extras to lend "authenticity" to scenes. The F word is used 321 times, for an average of 2.04 per minute. (Though about half of them are said by Joe Pesci.)

Released 21 September 1990,  DOP Michael Ballhaus ASC, The Steadicam Operator was Larry McConkey.

For more info and trivia, go to IMDB page HERE


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