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's The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time
This movie ranks #101 in BBC's The 100 Greatest Comedies of All Time
This movie ranks #131 in Emma Beare's 501 Must-See Movies
This movie ranks #208 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #341 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #393 in Cahiers du Cinéma's Annual Top 10 Lists
This movie ranks #394 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #444 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #484 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #509 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
This movie ranks #690 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #762 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
This movie ranks #864 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?