The Palm Springs Cultural Center is excited to announce the Summer of Scorsese, the latest installment in its Palm Springs Rewinds film retrospective series. PS Rewinds: Summer of Scorsese will screen the must-see films of legendary director Martin Scorsese in the Cultural Center’s Historic Camelot Theatre, with a live introduction before each film.
Palm Springs Rewinds is an ongoing series that showcases the definitive work of acclaimed contemporary directors. The Summer of Scorsese follows the highly successful Terry Gilliam Retrospective and previous series featuring Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson, Tim Burton, and the Coen brothers.
With a career spanning more than six decades, Martin Scorsese is at the forefront of great American filmmakers, and is widely regarded as one of the most influential directors of all time. His films are a masterclass in cinematic storytelling, featuring unforgettable characters, breathtaking cinematography, and groundbreaking editing techniques.
From the gritty streets of New York City in Taxi Driver and Mean Streets, to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas in Casino, Scorsese’s films transport audiences to worlds both familiar and foreign. He has a unique ability to capture the essence of a time and place, bringing to life the sights, sounds, and emotions of his characters with unparalleled authenticity.
“We are so excited to showcase these extraordinary films” said Program Director Lauren Wolfer. “Especially with the Palm Springs Rewinds audience, which has become a true community of movie lovers.”’
The PS Rewinds: Summer of Scorsese will feature eight of Martin Scorsese’s definitive films, starting with Mean Streets on Saturday, July 1st, and concluding with Casino on Saturday, September 16th. Showtime is 7 pm.
The screenings will take place on select Saturdays at 7pm at the Palm Springs Cultural Center’s Historic Camelot Theatre, located at 2300 E Baristo Rd. The Historic Camelot Theatre is highly regarded by film fans, boasting one of the largest screens in the Coachella Valley and a state-of-the-art sound system. The series is sponsored by Green Dragon Dispensary and Lounge, The Bianco Group with Coldwell Banker Realty, and CV Independent.
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June 10 – MEAN STREETS (1973)
A slice of street life in Little Italy among lower echelon Mafiosos, unbalanced punks, and petty criminals. A small-time hood gets in over his head with a vicious loan shark. In an attempt to free himself from the dangers of his debt, he gets help from a friend who is also involved in criminal activities.
July 1 – TAXI DRIVER (1976)
Suffering from insomnia, disturbed loner Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) takes a job as a New York City cabbie, haunting the streets nightly, growing increasingly detached from reality as he dreams of cleaning up the filthy city. When Travis meets pretty campaign worker Betsy (Cybill Shepherd), he becomes obsessed with the idea of saving the world, first plotting to assassinate a presidential candidate, then directing his attentions toward rescuing 12-year-old prostitute Iris (Jodie Foster).
July 15 – RAGING BULL (1980)
The story of a middleweight boxer as he rises through ranks to earn his first shot at the middleweight crown. He falls in love with a gorgeous girl from the Bronx. The inability to express his feelings enters into the ring and eventually takes over his life. He eventually is sent into a downward spiral that costs him everything.
July 29 – THE KING OF COMEDY (1983)
Rupert Pupkin (Robert De Niro) is a failure in life but a celebrity in his own mind, hosting an imaginary talk show in his mother’s basement. When he meets actual talk show host Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis), he’s convinced it will provide his big break, but Langford isn’t interested
in the would-be comedian. Undaunted, Pupkin effectively stalks Langford — and when that doesn’t work, he kidnaps him, offering his release in exchange for a guest spot on Langford’s show.
August 12 – THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST (1988)
Jesus (Willem Dafoe), a humble Judean carpenter beginning to see that he is the son of God, is drawn into revolutionary action against the Roman occupiers by Judas (Harvey Keitel) — despite his protestations that love, not violence, is the path to salvation. The burden of being the savior of mankind torments Jesus throughout his life, leading him to doubt. As he is put to death on the cross, Jesus is tempted by visions of an ordinary life married to Mary Magdalene (Barbara Hershey).
August 26 – GOODFELLAS (1990)
A young man grows up in the mob and works very hard to advance himself through the ranks. He enjoys his life of money and luxury, but is oblivious to the horror that he causes. A drug addiction and a few mistakes ultimately unravel his climb to the top. Based on the book “Wiseguy” by Nicholas Pileggi.
September 9 – THE AGE OF INNOCENCE (1993)
Wealthy lawyer Newland Archer (Daniel Day-Lewis) is engaged to sweet socialite May Welland (Winona Ryder) in 1870s New York. On the surface, it is a perfect match. But when May’s beautiful cousin Countess Ellen Olenska (Michelle Pfeiffer), who is estranged from her brutish husband, arrives in town, Newland begins to question the meaning of passion and love as he desperately pursues a relationship with Ellen, even though she has been made a social outcast by Archer’s peers.
September 16 – CASINO (1995)
In early-1970s Las Vegas, low-level mobster Sam “Ace” Rothstein (Robert De Niro) gets tapped by his bosses to head the Tangiers Casino. At first, he’s a great success in the job, but over the years, problems with his loose-cannon enforcer Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci), his ex-hustler wife Ginger (Sharon Stone), her con-artist ex Lester Diamond (James Woods) and a handful of corrupt politicians put Sam in ever-increasing danger. Martin Scorsese directs this adaptation of Nicholas Pileggi’s book.
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