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16 CINEMONTAGE / JUL-AUG 14 • Plug into epic processing power with the all new Avid ® audio engine. • Turbocharge sessions with 64-bit performance. • Deliver mixes 150x faster with offline bounce. Welcome to the new standard. The audio workstation that redefined the industry just got more powerful. © 2013 Avid Technology, Inc. All rights reserved. Product features, specifications, system requirements, and availability are subject to change without notice. Avid, the Avid logo, and Pro Tools are trademarks or registered trademarks of Avid Technology, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks contained herein are the property of their respective owners. Introducing See what's new: Avid_ProTools11_ad_9x10.875in_MixMag.indd 1 10/3/13 7:13 AM by Kevin Lewis A lmost 25 years after its premiere, GoodFellas (1990) is still a shocking movie about organized crime. Its characters are depicted as stone-cold predatory and crazy, without any redeeming qualities. Martin Scorsese, who directed and co- wrote the film, knew this world intimately; he grew up in New York's Little Italy, the cradle of organized crime lords in the city at the time. The film did not experience the box office bonanza that greeted The Godfather (1972) and Godfather II (1974), or the television ratings of The Sopranos (1999-2007) because it did not mythologize or sentimentalize its gangland characters. The actors cast in key roles are deglamorized and ordinary, blending so well into suburban and neighborhood life that you wouldn't suspect them of hiding dead bodies in their car trunks. GoodFellas won Best Picture and Best Director accolades from such groups as the New York Film Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the National Society of Film Critics. But despite nominations in those categories by such organizations as the Directors Guild of America, the Golden Globes and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, those awards preferred to honor the safe, Native-American period film Dances with Wolves, directed by Kevin Costner, that year. However, GoodFellas' Joe Pesci did win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, while co-star Lorraine Bracco received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress. The film editing of Thelma Schoonmaker. ACE, was also Oscar-nominated, as was Nicholas Pileggi and Scorsese's screenplay. The movie, as well as the book from which it was adapted, were based on the true exploits of Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), a gangster in the Lucchese crime syndicate, and his re-named-for-the-film compatriots Tommy DeVito (Pesci), Paul Cicero (Paul Sorvino) and Jimmy Conway (Robert De Niro) over a period ranging from 1955 to 1980. Hill testified against his crime family and entered the witness protection program with his wife and children. The term "goodfellas" was used for the movie as a pseudonym for "wiseguy," to distinguish it from the television series Wiseguy (1987-90), based on the 1986 non-fiction book Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family by Nicholas Pileggi (the same source material as the Scorsese film), and a prior, unrelated film called Wiseguys (1986), directed by Brian De Palma. Scorsese's longtime re-recording mixer Tom Fleischman, CAS, regards GoodFellas as a towering MY MOST MEMORABLE FILM Tom Fleischman on 'GoodFellas' Tom Fleischman. Photo by Wm. Stetz Right: GoodFellas. Warner Bros. Pictures/Photofest CONTINUED ON PAGE 18 CineMontage_Jul-Aug_14-4.indd 16 6/18/14 5:33 PM

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