Thelma Schoonmaker Presents: The King of Comedy at SAM, March 7

Posted on March 06, 2017, 10:23 pm
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On Tuesday, March 7, three-time Oscar-winning film editor Thelma Schoonmaker will continue her visit to Seattle for the second night of the film series, Thelma Schoonmaker Presents. On Tuesday, March 7 at Seattle Art MuseumSchoonmaker will introduce Martin Scorcese‘s 1982 dark comedy, The King of Comedy. A question and answer period will follow the film, shown in its original 35mm.

Robert De Niro stars as a fledgling comic who, along with his insane friend (Sandra Bernhard) attempts to kidnap his idol. Jerry Lewis plays the hugely successful late night talk show host ‘Jerry Langford’ in a part largely modeled after himself. One of Scorcese’s stranger films, The Kind of Comedy was a notoriously grueling film to make. A writer’s strike caused it to go over budget and the film ended up being a commercial failure. Among other troubles, Lewis had a hard time catching on to Scorsese’s directing style, De Niro’s cruel method acting (which included hurling anti-Semitic slurs) and Bernhard’s improvisation, which made for some tense on set moments.

Of course, these are all rumors floating around online. Better to attend the screening and get the facts straight from the horse’s mouth.

Tickets are no longer available online, but a limited number may be made available before the screening at 7:25pm; better to get early and snatch them while you can.

Finally, Thelma Schoonmaker will be at Scarecrow Video on Tuesday, March 7 from 2-4pm to meet the people.

Thelma Schoonmaker Presents: The King of Comedy

When: Tuesday, March 7, 7:30pm

Where: Seattle Art Museum’s Plestcheeff Auditorium (1300 First Ave)

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