The King of Comedy
Film - Feature | December 11 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
In a review for the Village Voice, J. Hoberman called The King of Comedy the richest, most intelligent Hollywood movie of 1983. . . . Between them, Scorsese, Robert De Niro and screenwriter Paul Zimmerman have created an American archetype: Rupert Pupkin . . . the celebrity-crazed would-be standup comedian who attaches himself to TV talk-show host Jerry Lewis. . . . The King of Comedy is a meditation on American celebrity butdealing as it does with rampant aggression, pure megalomania, visceral embarrassment and pathetic humiliationits a good deal more disturbing. Sandra Bernhard makes an indelible appearance as Pupkins partner in obsession.
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