US / 98 minutes / color with some bw / Zemeckis, Universal Dir & Scr: Howard Franklin Pr: Sue Baden-Powell Cine: Peter Suschitzky Cast: Joe Pesci, Barbara Hershey, Stanley Tucci, Jerry Adler, Jared Harris, Gerry Becker, Dominic Chianese, Del Close, Richard Foronjy, Tim Gamble, Richard Riehle, David Gianopoulos, Patricia Healy, David Hull.
In 1943 or 1944, NYC freelance news photographer Leon “Bernsie” Bernstein (Pesci), aka The Great Bernzini, seems to have a near-prescient ability to arrive at the scene of mob hits before the cops can get there. In fact, he has a good relationship with many of the cops because often he’s the one who phones in the crime before they otherwise learn of it. He also has an uneasy relationship with many of the city’s crime bosses; at the very least, they know he’ll take a better picture of him than anyone else will.
Bernsie (Joe Pesci) at work.
One night he’s called in by the owner of the swanky nightclub Café Society, Kay Levitz (Hershey). She inherited the club not so long ago from her older husband Lou; a man called Emilio Portifino (Gianopoulos) has turned up claiming that Lou had entered into a partnership, so that now he’s a co-owner of the business with Kay. Kay claims that Bernsie was one of the few people Lou trusted, and that Lou frequently told her Bernsie knew everyone in the city. Could Bernsie find out, she asks, who Portifino is and where he comes from? Smitten, Bernsie agrees.
But before Bernsie can investigate very far he finds Continue reading