The King of Comedy (1982)
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"Better to be king for a night than schmuck for a lifetime."
Very intelligent satire film which presents a comical yet tragic character who wants nothing but fame. DeNiro was fantastic!
Compulsive and fascinating viewing that is also very funny and has De Niro on top form, displaying his range by playing against type. My problems with the film stem from the way that Pupkin seems like two different characters: the first half of the movie he comes across as delusional and lacking any self-awareness, but in the second half when he's putting his plan into action he's cynical, manipulative and very aware of how others are perceiving his actions.
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This movie ranks #85 in Akira Kurosawa's A Dream is a Genius
This movie ranks #87 in Empire 500
This movie ranks #101 in The 100 Greatest Comedies of All Time (BBC Culture)
This movie ranks #131 in 501 Must See Movies
This movie ranks #208 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #341 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
This movie ranks #383 in Cahiers du cinéma - Yearly top 10s
This movie ranks #393 in They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
This movie ranks #444 in NY Times' The Essential 1,000 Films to See
This movie ranks #488 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #509 in TimeOut's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
This movie ranks #694 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #762 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Films
This movie ranks #860 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films