- New York Post
- 6 Dec 2019
- Peyser’s vivisection of Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” is a long-overdue critique of this turgid piece of cinematic tripe.
- In addition to the film’s glorification of grisly violence, underlying misogyny and lack of narrative cohesiveness, there’s another problem with Scorsese’s apocryphal mob movie: It’s the bigotry, stupid.
Scorsese, Francis Coppola, & Co. — including the likes of De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Chazz Palminteri — have achieved fame and fortune by incessantly depicting Italian-Americans as a vile criminal underclass.
Journalist Clyde Haberman underscored this sad reality: “Among major ethnic groups that have formed the country’s social bedrock for at least a century, Americans of Italian origin may be the last to see themselves reflected in mass culture, time and again, as nothing but a collection of losers and thugs.”
“The Irishman” is but the latest manifestation of such odious themes masquerading as art.
- Rosario A. Iaconis Mineola