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Mean Streets (English with French subtitles)
Main screening room
April 19th, 2024
112 min
Simon Beaulieu, Retrospective and Carte Blanche

After several nuanced portrait films of Quebec cultural figures, Simon Beaulieu, also a screenwriter, follows a trajectory that brings his work closer to the essay film. In addition to screening his films, the carte blanche we offer him showcases the diversity of his influences and the eclecticism of his tastes.

Mean Streets
Directed by
Martin Scorsese
English with French subtitles
Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, David Proval
112 min
Crime, drama, thriller

In the early 70s, in New York's Little Italy, the mafia has made its mark. Johnny Boy and Charlie, two young thugs, are trying to fit in. Charlie may succeed thanks to a gangster uncle who promises him the management of a restaurant, but nothing is certain for Johnny Boy, a fiery and impulsive brawler, especially after he buys himself a gun...

Mean Streets

Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese is an American filmmaker, actor, screenwriter, and producer. His body of work explores themes such as Italian-American identity, Catholic concepts of good and evil, guilt, redemption, faith, machismo, nihilism, crime, perdition, and violence. A major figure of the New Hollywood era, Scorsese is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential American filmmakers of his generation, thanks to classics such as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Mean Streets, and Casino, as well as Goodfellas, Gangs of New York, The Wolf of Wall Street, and many more. He has also dedicated his life to film preservation and film restoration by founding the nonprofit organization The Film Foundation in 1990, as well as the World Cinema Foundation in 2007 and the African Film Heritage Project in 2017.


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À l'occasion de la rétrospective qui lui est consacrée, doublée d'une carte blanche de treize séances de films de son choix, Simon Beaulieu a bien voulu répondre à nos questions sur son parcours de cinéaste et cinéphile.

When Scorsese and De Niro hit the jackpot with "Mean Streets"

When the name Martin Scorsese is mentioned, memorable cinematic moments flood the cinephile's memory. The overhead shot of the bloodied apartment at the end of Taxi Driver... The destabilizing effect of the boxer moving forward while the background recedes in Raging Bull... The single take at the Copacabana Club in Goodfellas... The showdown in the cornfield in Casino... But before these sequences, there was one of a young thug bursting into a bar to the sound of the Jumpin’ Jack Flash by the Rolling Stones. It was in Mean Streets, released 50 years ago. The thug in question was played by Robert De Niro, star of the aforementioned films.

About Martin Scorsese