Hollywood Babylon: King of New York
Director: Abel Ferrara
Starring: Christopher Walken, David Caruso, Laurence Fishburne
Release Date: Fri 13 Oct 2017
I never got away with anything. And I never killed anybody who didn’t deserve it.- Frank White (Christoper Walken).
Hollywood Babylon presents an all-time best performance by Walken in this initially underrated now lauded 90s gangster classic by Abel Ferrara. Screening here in a 35mm print, this is a rare chance to revisit the film as it was meant to be seen.
“One of the best hard-edged crime thrillers of the past thirty years, certainly since the golden age of the 1970s.” - The Quietus
“King Of New York is saturated with everything but the smells of New York circa 1990. The film wields a smart authenticity seldom seen in its ilk since the '70s works of William Friedkin, Martin Scorsese and Sidney Lumet. The combination of Ferrara's stark location shooting and screenwriter Nicholas St John's tawdry picture of the crime world and its relationship with a city's political movers and shakers forms a brilliantly cohesive narrative, encompassing themes that would be echoed and expanded upon more than a decade later in TV shows The Shield and The Wire.” - The Quietus