In an anteroom outside the Tribeca Grand screening room before the screening of Robert DeNiro‘s new movie Being Flynn, a publicist pointed out the posters for Mean Streets and Taxi Driver hanging on the wall. “These classic DeNiro films,” said the flack, “and if Liza [Minnelli] shows up like she’s supposed to–well, there’s the Cabaret poster.”
That inspired us to ask the screening’s attendees for their favorite DeNiro films. They are as follows:
Nick Flynn (author of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, the memoir on which Being Flynn is based): “Raging Bull or Goodfellas–Taxi Driver‘s great, too.”
Paul Dano (costar of Being Flynn): “I’m going to say Raging Bull. I think it’s one of the great American films. But also Mean Streets; The King of Comedy–he’s so funny in that–The Deer Hunter. There are so many.”
Paul Weitz (writer-director of Being Flynn): “I have a large number of favorites: The King of Comedy has a place in my heart and I think it’s maybe overlooked. When you think of his canon, you think of Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, but I think King of Comedy and Casino.”
Jane Rosenthal (executive producer of Being Flynn): “I don’t think I have a favorite–my favorite is Robert DeNiro, because I’ve worked with him for so long.”
Robert DeNiro: [did not take questions]
Liza Minnelli: [did not show up]
Being Flynn, starring two-time Oscar-winner Robert DeNiro as a taxi driver, comes out today.
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