Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Great Entrances Series - 1: DeNiro in Mean Streets

As Robert DeNiro walzes into Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets - and subsequently into super-stardom - we are aware this film has taken on an entirely new tone.  As Johnny Boy, DeNiro is the instigator of Scorsese's gritty gangster debut.  He is trouble, as evidenced by his entrance to The Rolling Stones "Jumpin' Jack Flash," a girl under each arm.  But what is more telling to the appearance of Johnny Boy is the cold, nervous stare from Harvey Keitel's Charlie, who isn't exactly happy to see DeNiro's character saunter into the bar. 

And make no mistake, the threatening red glow of the entire scene is no accident; says everything about the threat of Johnny Boy coming into play.