Director: Martin Scorsese
Leading Actors: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino
NYC Neighborhoods Featured: Astoria, Queens; Red Hook, Brooklyn

Watching Goodfellas is always a wonderful experience. Those of you who haven't caught it in Intro to Film or on TBS every weekend, forgive us for assuming this isn't your first time. For the rest of you, it's worth revisiting. Though violence lurks beneath each exchange, what's best about the movie is the humor. If you didn't live in New York when you first saw it, but have since relocated here, the closed-off Italian-American community of Queens (and Jersey and Brooklyn and Long Island), these characters inhabit will be all the more striking this time around. Such a lifestyle is so foreign to the daily experience of so many of us in this wildly diverse city. Watching Goodfellas is a reminder that there isn't one New York, but infinite New Yorks, each shaped by individual boundaries of experience. —BG

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