chapter  5
Rupert Pupkin’s imaginary performance in The King of Comedy (1982)
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Alienation is a crucial theme in Martin Scorsese’s films. Often, the director examines isolated, occasionally misanthropic souls in the context of dramas and psychological thrillers: Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Bringing Out the Dead, The Aviator, Shutter Island. But for The King of Comedy, Scorsese provocatively switched gears, delivering a character study-cum-dark comedy. That stylistic alteration didn’t make his movie’s protagonist any more lovable, though.