Martin Scorsese interviews his mother and father about their life in New York City and the family history back in Sicily. These are two people who have lived together for a long time and ... See full summary »
A feature-length documentary starring Fran Lebowitz, a writer known for her unique take on modern life. The film weaves together extemporaneous monologues with archival footage and the ... See full summary »
William F. Buckley,
Now middle-aged, mobster Murray looks back at his humble beginnings as a bootlegger and his rise to becoming wealthy and highly influential. Through it he talks about how much of his ... See full summary »
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
Brian De Palma:
In any kind of art form you're creating an illusion for the audience to look at reality through your speciall eye. The camera lies all the time. It lies twenty-four times a second.
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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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