One of the best books about a single movie ever written, Glenn Kenny's Made Men: The Story of Goodfellas is a combination behind-the-scenes history and critical study, guaranteed to regale readers with facts they haven't heard before no matter how obsessively they've rewatched and researched the film.
Kenny takes the reader through the production of Martin Scorsese's sprawling gangster drama, starting long before its inception; continuing through preproduction, production, editing, and commercial release, and folding that story within a larger narrative about Scorsese's evolution as a filmmaker and industry power player. The book shows how journalist Nick Pileggi's reportage was transformed into a multifaceted classic: a lurid gangster thriller; a study of a subculture; a coming-of-age picture; a detailed account of a courtship and marriage; an ironic yet nostalgic look back at a golden time in a man's life that just happened to involve drug dealing, loan sharking, and murder; and a quasi-documentary modeled on 1980s tabloid TV, meant to deglamorize a world that Francis Ford Coppola's Godfather films made majestic.
The book includes a detailed chapter on the film's needle-drop pop soundtrack; sections on the criminal careers of the real-life people that the crew was based on (including Henry Hill himself); a chapter on costar Robert DeNiro's preparation for the role of Jimmy Conway; and a section on the career and aesthetic of Scorsese's regular editor, Thelma Schoonmaker, whose cutting of Goodfellas was interrupted by the death of her husband, director Michael Powell, who was a hero and mentor to Scorsese. This is a classic book about a classic movie, nearly as much fun to read as Goodfellas is to watch.
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