The King of Comedy: Tribeca Film Festival
The 2013 Tribeca Film Festival wrapped up with a unique treat for film fans: a remastered version of Martin Scorsese's "The King of Comedy," starring Jerry Lewis and festival co-founder Robert De Niro.
Actor and comedian Richard Belzer was among the celebs enthused about the special screening of the 1983 cult classic starring De Niro as a fame-hungry comedian who becomes obsessed with appearing on a popular late-night show hosted by Lewis' character. "Everyone's excited to see a great film, again," says Belzer.
Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal is just as excited about the number of film aficionados who will be discovering "The King of Comedy" for the first time: "So many people haven't seen this movie, so it's great to be able to bring it to a new generation. Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis - you know, what could be bad?"
For actor Dean Winters, the film is a fitting finish to a fantastic film festival. Says Winters, "The King of Comedy," to me, is really just like one of the pinnacles of De Niro's career. And you know the fact that he and Scorsese made this movie so long ago together, and now they produce this festival together, and now it's the closing movie for the festival. It's like just a win-win thing. I can't wait to see it."
And while the night marked a celebration of cinema, a principal purpose of the Tribeca Film Festival, now in its twelfth incarnation, is never far from mind, as pointed out by Belzer:
"The festival started because of 9/11, and Robert De Niro wanted to make sure people would feel safe coming back down. And, as you know, on opening night we dedicated the festival to the people of Boston who showed the same kind of humanity and spirit that New Yorkers did after 9/11, so the festival is very poignant this year. And artistically, the films were great. And tonight, you got Jerry Lewis, Marty and Bobby - it's a great way to close it, and it's a great event."