Scorsese’s prescient take on the cult of celebrity and the warping effects it has on the psyche of disenfranchised consumers has become only more relevant today. At the height of his abilities, Robert De Niro plays Rupert Pupkin, a sad, lonely and ultimately dangerous aspiring comic whose obsession with success leads to him stalking his idol, a late night talk-show host who craves his privacy (played by Jerry Lewis). Dismissed by many at the time as crass and hollow, The King of Comedy has grown to be regarded as one of Scorsese and De Niro’s best works, knowingly satirical and worryingly astute.
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