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A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995)

Martin Scorsese describes his initial and growing obsession with films from the 1940s and 50s as the art form developed and grew with clips from classics and cult classics.
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Despite its nearly four-hour running time, this is a uniquely personal look at movies from one of the late 20th century's great directors and film historians. The film consists of head & shoulder shots of Scorsese speaking into the camera for a minute or two, followed by 10-15 minutes of film clips with Scorsese voice-over. Scorsese approaches the films in terms of how they affected him as a director foremost and as a storyteller/film fan second. Segments include "The Director as Smuggler," "The Director as Iconoclast", and so on. The Journey begins with silent masters like D.W. Griffith and ends in 1969 - when Scorsese began to make films; as he says in closing, "I wouldn't feel right commenting on myself or my contemporaries." Written by Fred Goodridge

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The machine gun spray that comes close to hitting James Cagney as he and Edward Woods turn the corner are real bullets fired by a real machine gun. See more »

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Martin Scorsese - Narrator: Less money, more freedom. I mean the world of b-film is often freer and more conducive to experimenting and innovating.
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Finally, a provocative film documentary
5 January 2001 | by (New Hampshire) – See all my reviews

Scorsese's documentary on the films that inspired him is one of the best I've seen. If Scorsese's films influence you, then you should watch this documentary. Luckily, there wasn't any censoring of the film clips, which allows the viewer to see, in all their glory, the scenes that a cinematic genius like Martin Scorsese admires. Though the documentary is a bit long, it is split up into appropriate genres like the film director as illusionist or iconoclast. If you admire the films of Martin Scorsese, then viewing this is a must.

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