Hollywood has long fetishized Japanese gangsters, with their full-body tattoos, missing pinkies and harems of buxom groupies. Ever since Sydney Pollack’s “The Yakuza” in 1974, the colorful mafiosi have provided regular fodder for directors including Ridley Scott and Quentin Tarantino.
Robert de Niro’s blood-soaked shirt from “Taxi Driver” and an ax wielded by Leonardo DiCaprio as Amsterdam are among the highlights in a show of Martin Scorsese’s personal archive opening today in Berlin.
The 12th Tribeca Film Festival, which opens Wednesday and continues through April 28, may not be the biggest edition ever mounted. Yet it’s still enormous enough to be overwhelming, with 89 feature films, 60 shorts and five interactive projects from 37 countries.
Martin Scorsese, who once made a television commercial poking fun at his perfectionist reputation, screened an imperfect version of his new movie “Hugo” for an adoring crowd at the New York Film Festival.