After seeing a couple different people on Twitter link to a short video wherein Jim Jarmusch asks Martin Scorsese about the scene in Goodfellas with Scorsese’s mom, I couldn’t resist sharing an image of the painting her character is supposed to have painted in the film.
Actually, as http://www.goodfellaspainting.com/ (perhaps my favorite single-serving site ever) points out, it’s a painting by Nicholas Pileggi’s mom based on a photograph from the November 1978 issue of National Geographic.
I am, of course, not the first person to point this out, but this strikes me as one of those things that’s so utterly delightful it can’t be pointed out too many times.
Tommy’s (Joe Pesci’s) analysis of the painting is particularly delicious:
“One dog goes one way and the other dog goes the other way. And this guy’s saying, ‘Whaddya want from me?’”