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THE KING OF COMEDY

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THE KING OF COMEDY

Part of Weekend Classics: Restoration Roundup.

Rupert Pupkin (Robert De Niro) is a failure in life but a celebrity in his own mind, hosting an imaginary talk show in his mother's basement. When he meets actual talk show host Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis), he's convinced it will provide his big break, but Langford isn't interested in the would-be comedian. Undaunted, Pupkin effectively stalks Langford -- and when that doesn't work, he kidnaps him, offering his release in exchange for a guest spot on Langford's show. Martin Scorsese's satirical dramedy caustically explores the lengths to which a nobody will go to be as famous as his idol.

Restored digitally in 4K from the original camera negatives at Sony Colorworks. John Polito at Audio Mechanics completed the digital restoration of the soundtrack. Restored in association with The Film Foundation, Regency Enterprises and Twentieth Century Fox.

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