chapter  6
The Copacabana sequence from Goodfellas (1990)
Pages 14

A meditation on the seductive allure of evil, Goodfellas is one of the filmmaker’s most enduring works. Scorsese had made movies about mobstershe grew up observing the lifestyle in his New York neighborhood-but this story about real-life hood Henry Hill gave him a chance to articulate what draws so many people to a life of crime. For some, it’s about power. For others, it’s about having opportunities not afforded in the conventional world. Both of these factors appealed to Hill, but Goodfellas suggests there was something else about the gangster milieu that hooked him: He wanted to feel special. He wanted to be somebody.