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The Irishman, behind the scene


Assouline dedicates a volume to The Irishman, the latest masterpiece by Martin Scorsese. A fascinating “behind-the-scene” including images from the set and photographic portraits of the movie’s main characters.

Unanimously considered as one of the most important contemporary directors, Martin Scorsese confirmed his greatness with the recent “The Irishman”, a film showing great cinematic expertise starring Robert de Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci.

With this work Scorsese goes back to focus on one of his favourite topics – to which he has dedicated many of his films: that of organised crime, through which in The Irishman he retraces important phases of the American history, from the end of 2nd world war to the present. Yet, Irishman is not only a film with great historical value. Indeed, its beauty also lies in its ability to reflect on more intimate and moral issues such as loyalty, betrayal and regret. Assouline dedicates to this cinematic work a beautiful volume including pictures taken on the set and portraits of the protagonists by Brigitte Lacombe and Niko Tavernise. Besides these there are various writings by critic Tom Shone (with interviews to Scorsese, De Niro, Pacino, Pesci and the rest of the movie’s cast) which all together give the reader a full view of the great Italian-American director’s creative universe.