First Look at Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ and the LES Block that Assisted
It was almost two years ago that Netflix transformed the corner of Orchard and Broome Streets into 1970s Little Italy for Martin Scorsese’s upcoming film, The Irishmen.
Based on Charles Brandt’s nonfiction work, I Heard You Paint Houses, the gangster epic touches upon post-war organized crime and the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa. Longtime Scorsese collaborators Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci reunited for the project, and were joined by Al Pacino.
The official synopsis of the film is as follows:
Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci star in Martin Scorsese’s THE IRISHMAN, an epic saga of organized crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th Century. Spanning decades, the film chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa, and offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organized crime: its inner workings, rivalries and connections to mainstream politics.
You might notice how the principal actors, all in their seventies, look pretty young in many scenes. That’s due to cutting edge “de-aging” technology applied to the film in post-production.
Also visible in the trailer is the faux Umberto’s Clam House that was built over the front of 90 Orchard Street.