Cinema Dissection: Goodfellas with John Trafton

Goodfellas is a perfectly calibrated gangster flick that only Scorsese at the height of his craft could create. Join the hive-mind analysis to uncover the depth of intention behind every masterstroke.

September 14, 2019

Cinema Dissection

Setting the bar for the cinema of the 1990s, Goodfellas is an awe-inspiring work of cinema. From the perfect cast of Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, and an unhinged Joe Pesci, to the brilliant camera work of Michael Bauhaus with it's always-intentional movement, to Thelma Schoonmaker's edit, Scorsese calibrated a near-perfect feature. Join facilitator John Trafton for a scene-by-scene (and sometimes shot-by-shot) examination of Goodfellas fueled by audience observations and lively conversation.


Saturday, September 14, 2019

Special Engagement
Saturday, September 14, 2019
SIFF Film Center
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
$20 | $15 (SIFF Members) | $19 (Seniors and Youth)
SIFF Cinema passes, vouchers, and other discounts not accepted.

Note: Participants are recommended to have seen Goodfellas in advance of the session. We will not be screening the film in its entirety before the dissection begins.

John Trafton is a Lecturer in Film Studies at Seattle University and the author of The American Civil War and The Hollywood War Film.

Cinema Dissection affords film lovers an exciting opportunity to dig deeper into the films that they love. Inspired by Roger Ebert's annual Cinema Interruptus in Boulder, CO, attendees will participate with a facilitator in a six-hour scene-by-scene, and sometimes shot-by-shot, deconstruction of the featured film. While the facilitator will certainly share their thoughts, anyone in the audience may call out "Stop" and either ask a question of the group or make an observation around a certain shot or moment in the film.