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In the early 1980s, Martin Scorsese directed The King of Comedy, starring Robert DeNiro as Robert Pupkin, a failure of a talk show host and comedian who is a celebrity in his own mind. He goes on to kidnap Jerry Langford (played by Jerry Lewis) in a desperate attempt to fulfil his hopes and dreams. Why am I talking about a Martin Scorsese movie? Well, surprisingly, it’s because the look and feel of The King of Comedy was inspired by Transes, a 1981 film that’s showing at the Star and Shadow Cinema on Thursday 22nd January.

Transes, directed by Ahmed Al Maanoun, starts with some truly electrifying concert footage from the band Nass El Ghiwane, but is more than simply a gig movie. It also interviews the band themselves, looks into their life and takes a look at the cultural diversity of Morocco. It’s an exhilarating masterwork of world cinema that is, unfortunately, rarely seen on the big or small screen, so grab your chance to see it.

But don’t take my word for it; you can hear Marty’s views on the film in the video below.

Transes screens at the Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle on Thursday 22nd January.

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