I’ve never seen GoodFellas, but I found this scene on YouTube when looking for this old song by the Crystals. What a work of art! Scorcese perfectly uses the period music and adoring, long tracking shot to establish this guy’s bravado, in the service of impressing a girl.
I mean, when a club holds a table for you, you’re powerful, but when they build a new one in front when you show up, that’s serious!
But the technical artistry here is the best part. Getting that shot must have been tough, but it was worth it. It’s a joy to watch.
Reminds me of this long tracking shot from Orson Welles’s Touch of Evil:
But, of course, like all kids who grew up in the 80’s, “Then He Kissed Me” mostly reminds me of the opening of Adventures in Babysitting: