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New Yorkers: See GOODFELLAS' 25th Anniversary Restoration for One Week Only at Film Forum

If you can believe it, there is actually someone in your life who hasn't seen Goodfellas yet.

How to amend such an erroneous gap in one's viewing history? While you could, of course, sit your friend/family member/significant other down in front of a TV and watch Scorsese's majestic mob masterpiece during one of its perpetual airings on IFC, why limit yourself to the smallness of a TV screen, much less the commercial breaks that accompany the screenings?

Luckily, there's a solution, at least for New York filmgoers in the form of a one-week, retrospective screening of Goodfellas that begins its run at New York's invaluable Film Forum starting this Friday, June 19th.

For the uninitiated, Goodfellas focuses on the ambitious, real-life hood Henry Hill (a truly under-appreciated Ray Liotta) as he strives to keep apace with the made men around him and stay atop of the mob dynasty he grew up worshipping and has long last become a part of.

With its fleet editing, clever first-person narration, and electric cast of game and comically-gifted actors including Robert De Niro, Lorraine Bracco (who we were just talking about), Paul Sorvino, and an Oscar-winning Joe Pesci, Goodfellas is perhaps the last of Scorsese's full-blown, operatic epics that everyone can still get behind. Roger Ebert famously argued that it trumped even The Godfather in offering a shrewd, highly-specific study of wider mob culture and its smaller societies and subsets.

And sure, Goodfellas may share some basic stylistic and storytelling resemblances with the likes of much more divisive Scorsese entities — among them Casino, Gangs of New York, and The Wolf of Wall Street — but aesthetically, emotionally, politically, and thematically, the pop-colored, bullet-riddled grandeur of Scorsese's nineties classic remains the gold standard. It remains as forceful and fascinating as it's always been and is just waiting to be consumed by viewers both new and well-acquainted on the big screen it deserves.

In the meantime, scroll above to watch an exclusive clip from the recent 25th anniversary screening/reunion Q&A at this year's Tribeca Film Festival featuring the cast and worshipful guest moderator Jon Stewart.

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