The Tribeca Film Festival has a closer — and it’s a laffer: TFF will wrap up on April 27 with a screening of Martin Scorsese’ 1983 The King of Comedy, which will be restored and re-screened in honor of the film’s thirtieth anniversary.
The film is being restored digitally from Sony Colorworks’ original camera negatives and festival organizers credit Scorsese with the focus on reviving, restoring, and re-screening old films.
In case you’ve forgotten, The King of Comedy is a pattering, blacker-than-blue satire starring Robert DeNiro as a wannabe comedian and Jerry Lewis as the late-night star he idolizes and kidnaps. Sandra Bernhard co-stars, in her debut, as a woman so crazy she’s first seen trying to smack Lewis’ face with hers.
“The King of Comedy was so ahead of its time,” said festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal in a statement. “It seems more relevant today than it was 30 years ago. We are so grateful to Jim Gianopulos and Regency for helping to restore such an iconic film and ensuring it remains a part of our cultural heritage.”
The announcement further cements TFF’s line-up, which also includes the premieres and/or big screenings of several festival darlings: Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight, Ramin Bahrani’s At Any Price (the one where Zac Efron races cars and yells at farmers), and David Gordon Green’s Prince Avalanche.