in about 100 words or less
US 109m, Colour
Director: Martin Scorsese; Cast: Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis, Sandra Bernhard, Diahnne Abbott, Shelley Hack
A dark comedic drama about obsession and celebrity worship that features De Niro as Rupert Pupkin, a psychotic wannabe comedian who goes to extreme lengths to make his network television debut on the Jerry Langford Show, a fictitious talk show, styled after Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. Aided by an equally deranged woman, the two terrorize Langford, a schmaltzy late night television celebrity played to perfection by Lewis. Years ahead of its time, The King of Comedy was an under appreciated and widely misunderstood film that blurs the line between reality and fantasy, and which is growing in importance in Scorsese’s impressive body of work (Klaus Ming November 2013).