New York City has rarely seemed like more of an urban hellhole than in the hands of Abel Ferrara, who came out of the Bronx with grungy, hyperreal visions like THE DRILLER KILLER and MS. 45 to take the film world by storm. But in 1990, he created chaos on his largest canvas to date, as well as starting his working relationship with frequent collaborator Christopher Walken, in the ultraviolent underworld saga, KING OF NEW YORK.
In one of his most iconic roles (or at least, what should be one of his most iconic roles), Walken plays Frank White, a well-connected gangland figure just released from prison who has one goal in mind: to take over New York. With the support of his loyal gang, which includes an electric Larry Fishburne as a trigger-happy wild man, Frank immediately proceeds to blast his way through rival gangs on his way to the top, all while a group of morally dubious NYPD cops (David Caruso and Wesley Snipes among them) are itching to take him down.
If you thought Walken was scary in TRUE ROMANCE, this is where that villainous persona - all snaky charm and dead-eyed stares - became fully formed and Ferrara surrounds him with the perfect environment to roam around in. It's the kind of environment that @neondreamscinema
loves to bring back to the big screen and next Wednesday evening, they do just that - screening KING OF NEW YORK on a beautiful 35mm print @theroyalto
We'll be set up with a table in the lobby before and after the screening, selling all kinds of Ferrara, Walken and New York crime world product.
It's gonna be a wild one.
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