THE DEPARTED
2006, Warner Bros., 151 min, USA/Hong Kong, Dir: Martin Scorsese

Inspired by Hong Kong film INFERNAL AFFAIRS, this riveting drama of divided loyalties will keep you guessing until the very last shot. In an effort to break Boston’s Irish-American mob, Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) goes undercover as part of crime boss Frank Costello’s (Jack Nicholson) crew. What he doesn’t know is that Costello has his own mole (Matt Damon) working in the police force. Winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and a long-overdue Best Director statuette for Scorsese.


REDS
1981, Paramount, 195 min, USA, Dir: Warren Beatty

A love triangle between radical journalist John Reed (Warren Beatty, who also produced, directed and cowrote the film), socialite Louise Bryant (Diane Keaton) and playwright Eugene O'Neill (Jack Nicholson) gives a human dimension to this insightful look at the birth of communism. Framing the narrative are remembrances from a number of Reed’s contemporaries, whose perspectives bring the era’s optimism and disappointments into even sharper focus. The film earned 12 Academy Award nominations, including wins for Beatty’s direction, Maureen Stapleton’s supporting performance (as activist Emma Goldman) and Vittorio Storaro’s breathtaking cinematography.


THE FORTUNE
1975, Sony Repertory, 88 min, USA, Dir: Mike Nichols

Sexier than the Marx Bros., handsomer than Laurel and Hardy but not as smart as the Three Stooges, hapless 1920s con men Warren Beatty and Jack Nicholson see big money in the person of sanitary-napkin heiress Stockard Channing, and they’re willing to stoop to marriage and murder to get it. With its offbeat characters and occasionally dark tone, this underrated gem is a favorite of Joel and Ethan Coen. “Manically scatterbrained … farce of a rare order.” - Vincent Canby, The New York Times.


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