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Movie Focus - 15 September 2017

Michelle & Bobby

Before he played a taxi driver, he spent weeks driving a cab in New York City. To portray an overweight boxer, he gained 60 lb, trained so hard he became a formidable middleweight himself. You guessed it, we’re talking about Robert De Niro, one of the best actors of his generation. Today, the New Yorker with an Italian passport is 74 years old and a grandad of four. Financially he is on par with the likes of Johnny Depp and calls two Oscars his own. But retirement seems out of the question: over the last ten years he’s acted in about thirty films.

When it comes to her, many think of “Batman Returns” or “Scarface”: Michelle Pfeiffer is one of the most beautiful Hollywood actresses of recent decades, but her artistic talent has often been eclipsed by her allure. Think how great she was as a Dallas housewife in drama “Love Field” or as lounge singer Susie Diamond in “The Fabulous Baker Boys”! After several breaks, she’s returned to acting in recent years. With Robert De Niro alone, the 59-year-old has made four films in the last decade, of which we present the most recent ones on board.

Both give a stellar performance in Barry Levinson‘s TV movie The Wizard of Lies: De Niro plays hedge-fund investor Bernie Madoff, Pfeiffer his wife Ruth. For years, Madoff was considered a stock market expert with an excellent reputation on Wall Street. At the end of 2008, it came to light he had defrauded thousands of clients of $65 billion with a Ponzi scheme. That’s a financial swindle in which early investors receive the money of later investors. Many suffered huge financial losses and Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison. De Niro is phenomenal as the bitter old man (Madoff will be 80 next year) and Pfeiffer is in no way inferior as his sheltered, wine-sipping wife.