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There's a Big Goodfellas Reference In The First Scene of The Irishman

If anyone's earned the right to nod to himself, it's Martin Scorsese
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The first slew of reviews of Martin Scorsese's crime saga The Irishman are out, and it's all looking fairly rosy for the up-and-coming director. Stick at it, kid, and you might just make it.

But one big reveal from several reviews is that Scorsese has worked a little homage to what's arguably his masterwork – Goodfellas – into The Irishman's opening scene. It's a pretty subtle one too. Don't watch it expecting Joe Pesci to pop a red nose on and ask whether he's funny like a clown, like he's here to amuse you?

It's the sweeping sequence from Goodfellas known as 'the Copa shot', an unbroken take which follows Ray Liotta's Henry Hill as he leads Karen through kitchens of the Copacabana club to the strains of 'And Then He Kissed Me' by the Crystals. Actually, as we're here, let's have a look at it.

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This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.ukMinor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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