Casino (1995)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA/France, 1995, , .  Screenplay by Martin Scorsese, , based on the book by Nicholas Pileggi.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1995.  Golden Globe Awards 1995.

Fantastic Martin Scorsese gangster film about the Camelot-like rise and fall of a casino empire. Robert De Niro plays an ace bookie who is chosen by his hood friends to be the frontman for one of the most explosively impressive casinos in Las Vegas. He meets call girl Ginger (Sharon Stone), and immediately decides that she’s the one for him. She doesn’t think much of the marriage game, but he convinces her to get hitched and soon the two of them are caught in a cycle of emotional abuse that stems from her spiralling downwards towards alcoholism and embitterment.  Joe Pesci plays a vicious thug who is DeNiro’s best friend and sometimes worst problem. Edited seamlessly by Thelma Schoonmaker, the film runs an exciting three hours, dazzlingly photographed by Robert Richardson and perfectly designed to period perfection by the production and costume team, but it’s best element is Stone’s fantastic performance; anybody can get away with screaming and shouting for two hours, but Stone gives Ginger a lot of humanity that makes her detestable and pitiable at the same time.

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