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Martin Scorsese MasterClass Trailer: The Legend Has Some Lessons For You

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There are few guides through cinematic history as genuinely exciting or enthusiastic as Martin Scorsese. “A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies” and “My Voyage to Italy” are absolutely vital viewing, and any interview with the filmmaker is more than ample proof he knows the medium almost better than anyone. And if you ever dreamed of having Scorsese teach you the craft, well it’s happening.

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Martin Scorsese, Jay Cocks & Rodrigo Prieto Talk ‘Silence’ At Momi

The Museum of the Moving Image has been celebrating and exploring filmmaker Martin Scorsese’s life, work, and his passion for cinema since December with a terrific exhibit drawing extensively from Scorsese’s own collection of key production material, objects from his childhood, behind-the-scenes images, and large-scale projections of scenes from his work and more. For the final weekend of the exhibit, Momi put on a full-blown retrospective of his work over two days featuring the lesser-seen, more personal Scorsese films, “A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese through American Movies,” “My Voyage to Italy (Il mio viaggio in Italia)” and docs like “No Direction Home” and “The Last Waltz.”

However, it was the impressive panel after the screening of“Silence” that brought a special salute to the exhibit in its entirety, which included cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, screenwriter Jay Cocks, who along with co-writing “Silence,” also co-wrote “The Age of Innocence” and “Gangs of New York,
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A Season For Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving. After the past year of tumult, anger and divisiveness we’ve experienced in this country and around the world, to say nothing of the past couple of weeks, the concepts of thankfulness and appreciation may seem somewhat more distant and difficult to access than they might otherwise normally be. At any rate, Thanksgiving Day itself seems of late to be more about gorging on gigantic meals and, more distressingly, rampant consumerism, as Black Friday ever threatens to overtake the spirit of the day, and even the day itself—how many more seasons before it officially becomes Black Thursday? Yet here we are, a few days before that very American occasion inspired by the desire to show our gratitude for our many blessings. So in the hope of reclaiming some of the original intent of our national holiday, I’d like to send out some brief thoughts on a few
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Discover Cinematic History With The Trailer For Bertrand Tavernier’s Documentary ‘A Journey Through French Cinema’

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There aren’t many films in the documentary-as-cinematic-guide genre, but Martin Scorsese has directed two of the greatest with “A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Movies” and “My Voyage To Italy,” both of which, if the titles didn’t tip you off, are wonderful overviews of American and Italian cinema by the always engaging and passionate filmmaker. Now Bertrand Tavernier has done something similar with the three-hour-plus “A Journey Through French Cinema.”

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Premiering earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival, the film largely focuses on French cinema from the 1930s to the 1970s, with Tavernier highlighting directors both famous and obscure, as he details countless films, scenes, influences and more that have marked the medium in the country.

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Celina Murga, Alejandro Fernandez Almendras, Aly Muritiba Set for San Sebastian’s 5th Co-Production Forum

Celina Murga, Alejandro Fernandez Almendras, Aly Muritiba Set for San Sebastian’s 5th Co-Production Forum
Madrid — Celina Murga’s “Irene,” Alejandro Fernandez Almendras’s “Una periodista” and Aly Muritiba’s “Blood-Drenched Beard” are set for San Sebastian Fest’s 5th Europe Latin America Co-Production Forum, now firmly established as one of Europe’s main industry gatherings for high-profile Latin American arthouse talent.

Also in the mix: “Panza de Burro,” a calling card for Peru’s fast organizing film industry; “La Civil,” the fiction feature debut from Teodora Ana Mihai, whose “Waiting For August” won best documentary at HotDocs and Karlovy Vary; and new projects by name directors such as Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia, directors of the Venice, Sundance and Berlin-selected “H,” Sandra Gugliotta , with “Suicidios telefonicos,” an expose of big business mobbing; and Jose Luis Torres Leiva’s terminal illness-themed “Vendra la muerte y tendra tus ojos.”

Producers at the Forum will include Andres Longares, whose company credits at Cepa Audiovisual range from “The
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What’s Up Doc?: Kent Jones, Asif Kapadia & Luc Jacquet Head to Cannes

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It should come as no surprise that Cannes Film Festival will play host to Kent Jones’s doc on the touchstone of filmmaking interview tomes, Hitchcock/Truffaut (see photo above). The film has been floating near the top of this list since it was announced last year as in development, while Jones himself has a history with the festival, having co-written both Arnaud Desplechin’s Jimmy P. and Martin Scorsese’s My Voyage To Italy, both of which premiered in Cannes. The film is scheduled to screen as part of the Cannes Classics sidebar alongside the likes of Stig Björkman’s Ingrid Bergman, in Her Own Words, which will play as part of the festival’s tribute to the late starlet, and Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna’s Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans (see trailer below). As someone who grew up watching road races with my dad in Watkins Glen,
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Watch: Martin Scorsese on The Films of Rossellini, Cassavetes, Minnelli and More

More than any other American director working today, Martin Scorsese retains perhaps the most encyclopedic set of knowledge when it comes to his cinematic forbearers. Two years ago, Fast Company distilled 85 references made throughout the course of a four hour interview on Hugo, and dubbed it “Martin Scorsese’s Film School.” Flavorpill went ahead and paired the majority of those titles with pre-existing commentary from the filmmaker’s documentaries, A Personal Journey Through American Movies and My Voyage to Italy, to create a comprehensive video essay. Watch above for Scorsese’s insight into everything from Two Weeks in Another Town to Faces, Italian Neo-Realism (Rossellini) to pre-noir gangster films (Walsh), and much more.
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2014 TCM Classic Film Festival to Open with Gala Screening of Newly Restored Oklahoma!

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will open the 2014 edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival with the world premiere of a brand new restoration of the beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Oklahoma! (1955). TCM’s own Robert Osborne, who serves as official host for the festival, will introduce Oklahoma!, with the film’s star, Academy Award®-winner Shirley Jones, in attendance. Vanity Fair will also return for the fifth year as a festival partner and co-presenter of the opening night after-party. Marking its fifth year, the TCM Classic Film Festival will take place April 10-13, 2014, in Hollywood. The gathering will coincide withTCM’s 20th anniversary as a leading authority in classic film.

In addition, the festival has added several high-profile guests to this year’s lineup, including Oscar®-winning director William Friedkin, who will attend for the screening of the U.S. premiere restoration of his suspenseful cult classic Sorcerer (1977); Kim Novak, who
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Watch: Martin Scorsese Talks Lovingly About Film Restoration & How 'The Seven Year Itch' Spurred His Preservation Work

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There are few filmmakers -- or people -- as dedicated, knowledgeable and passionate about cinema and its history as Martin Scorsese. A virtual walking encyclopedia about any corner of film lore you can think of, he remains fascinated and excited by movies and filmmakers, but in particular is concerned with making sure the early days of the art form aren't lost to the dusts of time. Through The Film Foundation and the World Cinema Foundation, he has worked tirelessly to preserve and restore films for future generations. Always an immensely compelling person to hear discuss film (just see "A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies" or "My Voyage To Italy" if you need proof), this brief little video is worth a spin. Recorded for the upcoming Toute la Mémoire du Monde: Festival International du Film Restauré, where Scorsese was allowed to select a handful of films to be screened,
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Martin Scorsese’s 85 Essential Films

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I’m perfectly content to just label Martin Scorsese one of the most talented filmmakers of all time and call it a day — but I fear that would, ultimately, neglect his status as a true film historian. The living master has already exhibited his vast knowledge and deep understanding of film as an art form in two comprehensive documentaries — A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies and My Voyage to Italy — then expressed it to the masses this past fall with a near-masterpiece, Hugo.

It’s mind-boggling to even consider how many films Scorsese‘s seen by the age of 69 — even more interesting, though, would be that exclusive list of his favorites. And while I can’t definitively say if this list supplied to Fast Company (consisting of 85 films) would be identical, I’m nevertheless fascinated to read off these titles, along with the commentary he provides on a select few.
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Competition: 'The Last Waltz' BFI bundle giveaway *Closed*

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The BFI will be proudly presenting Martin Scorsese's classic rockumentary The Last Waltz (1978) from 2-15 December at London's BFI Southbank. To celebrate this, we have a very special bundle to give away including a pair of tickets to the see the film, a copy of BFI Film Classics book Taxi Driver, My Voyage to Italy (1999) on DVD and an exclusive The Last Waltz film poster. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook fans, so if you haven't already, head over to facebook.com/CineVueUK, 'Like' us, and then follow the instructions below.

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Martin Scorsese Working on British Cinema Documentary

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I’ll go out on a limb here and say that anybody reading these words is at least tangentially familiar with Martin Scorsese‘s narrative output. I will, however, also assume that quite a few people have limited themselves to his features — and if I’m correct, they’ve missed out on entertaining, enlightening windows into everyday life (American Boy, Italianamerican), the world of music (The Last Waltz, No Direction Home, Living in the Material World), and film history (A Personal Journey Through American Movies, My Voyage to Italy).

That lattermost category is especially pertinent at this very moment, since The Independent — who profiled a new book about the man, Scorsese on Scorsese — briefly mentioned that he and the book’s author, Personal Journey co-writer and co-director Michael Henry Wilson, are working on a “new doc about British cinema.” To say that Scorsese‘s no stranger to the topic is rather obvious.
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DVD Review - My Voyage to Italy (1999)

My Voyage to Italy (Italian: Il mio viaggio in Italia), 1999.

Directed by Martin Scorsese.

Synopsis:

Acclaimed director Martin Scorsese embarks on a journey through Italian cinema history.

Let’s get something straight, right now. If you’re a film lover, you will quite happily soak in Scorsese’s documentary of Italian cinema for all four hours of its run-time. If you’re not much of a film lover, if you still think Transformers is the pinnacle of cinematic accomplishment, My Voyage to Italy is not for you.

You’re more than welcome to go pick up a copy and gaze lovingly on Anita Ekberg’s glorious...achievements, but let me stress that run-time for you again: this documentary is four hours long. If the prospect of Martin Scorsese talking, or reading subtitles, or not witnessing explosions frightens you, take a step back.

If you haven’t been scared off by that introduction,
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DVD Review: My Voyage to Italy – Scorsese’s Fascinating Account of Italian Cinema History

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

With a filmography boasting some of the most important and entertaining films of the last forty years, from Mean Streets and Taxi Driver to The Departed and Shutter Island, Martin Scorsese could be forgiven for resting on his laurels or at least taking a nice relaxing holiday. Yet this doesn’t seem to be in his make-up. A dedicated cinephile and music lover, the director has been an equally prolific documentarian over the years and the results are rarely less than spellbinding, with his chosen subject matter always deeply personal.

A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995) and My Voyage to Italy (1999) – which is released on DVD tomorrow – are among the best of these movies, with Marty himself narrating – passionately sharing his thoughts on the films which have inspired him in an accessible, unpretentious style. Aided by his own touching reminiscences as well as
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My Voyage to Italy DVD Review

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To most the question of what is your favourite Martin Scorsese film is one that will be answered with very few answers. Taxi Driver most likely but if not that then probably Raging Bull or Godfellas. There’ll probably even be a few that would opt for King of Comedy, Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed or even Shutter Island but one thing would most likely be near unanimous, the film picked would be a fiction film. When asked this question recently I answered without a seconds pause, A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (a slight cheat as this is better known as a TV series but it has been shown theatrically).

Scorsese’s 1995 documentary A Personal Journey… to me is probably the best thing Scorsese has ever made and is the only film of his that I have never tired of watching. Over the
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Martin Scorsese Circles 'Furious Love' A Pic About Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton's Fiery Affair

As you should know by now, Martin Scorsese is a scholar and lover of classic cinema. And while he's expounded on his passion in documentaries like "A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies," "My Voyage to Italy" and more recently "A Letter to Elia" it's surprising he's never done a feature film about the cinematic era of yore (though he did touch on it briefly in "The Aviator"). But it looks like that may change. Deadline reports that Paramount have optioned the rights to Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger's "Furious Love" about the legendary, torrid, tabloid-worthy relationship between…
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Understanding Scorsese: A Martin Scorsese Profile (Part 4)

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary American filmmaker Martin Scorsese in the fourth of a five part feature... read parts one, two and three.

“The first newspaper article Nick Pileggi showed me was about the police covering a domestic fight on a Las Vegas lawn one Sunday morning,” explained American filmmaker Martin Scorsese regarding the origins of Casino (1995). “In the article it slowly began to unravel, this incredible ten-year adventure that all these people were having, culminating in this husband and wife arguing on their lawn, with her smashing his car, the police arriving, and the FBI taking pictures.” Pileggi served as the co-screenwriter for the cinematic adaptation of his book about Sam “Ace” Rothstein (Robert De Niro), a top gambling handicapper, who is sent by the Mob to manage the day-to-day operations of a Las Vegas casino. “The Tangiers is fictional but there were four – the Stardust, the Fremont,
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Exclusive: Poster for Martin Scorsese's Doc 'A Letter to Elia'

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Exclusive: Poster for Martin Scorsese's Doc 'A Letter to Elia'
There are a few filmmakers we wish could also be our film professors. But none more so than Martin Scorsese, who at least has given us film history lessons in the documentaries A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies and My Voyage to Italy. Now he's back with collaborator Kent Jones for a one-hour "mini-masterclass" about the works of legendary director Elia Kazan (On the Waterfront; East of Eden). Its title is A Letter to Elia, and we're happy to debut the one-sheet, which you'll find in full after the jump.

The doc focuses directly on Kazan's films, what they mean to Scorsese and what they tell us about the man who made them. "Maybe you learn more from the work than the man," Scorsese says about why interviews and biographies aren't enough for a study of an artist. As for how Kazan's films affected his own life,
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Martin Scorsese To Be Honored at 2010 Golden Globes with Cecil B. DeMille Award

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Martin Scorsese To Be Honored at 2010 Golden Globes with Cecil B. DeMille Award
In January, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) will bestow the Honorary Cecile B. DeMille Award to Martin Scorsese for “his outstanding contribution to the entertainment field,” to which we say “Congratulations, Mr. Scorsese.” Of course, any award honoring Scorsese’s career is well-earned by the prolific and influential director. His lengthy and diverse filmography naturally contains movies which flopped and received no support from film critics, but when you look at his hits, he has left an unforgettable stamp on not only American cinema, but on audiences the world over. That his work continues to improve and defy simple definition is an inspiration to aspiring filmmakers and a challenge to his peers. There’s only one complaint people have about the awards Scorsese receives: they’re overdue.

Hit the jump to read the full press release. The 67th Annual Golden Globes will air on January 17, 2010. Martin Scorsese’s next film,
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Martin Scorcese Honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award

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Martin Scorsese will be honored at The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 17 with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for his "outstanding contribution to the entertainment field." The award, voted by the Board of Directors of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, was announced by Vera Farmiga at a morning press conference. The show, hosted by Ricky Gervais, will be broadcast live coast to coast Sunday, January 17 on NBC (5 to 8 pm Pt, 8 to 11 pm Et) from The Beverly Hilton.

Scorsese received two Golden Globe Awards for "Best Director of a Motion Picture"; for The Departed and Gangs of New York. He received five additional Golden Globe nominations, including four as Best Director (Casino, Age of Innocence, Goodfellas and Raging Bull) and one for Best Screenplay for Raging Bull (with Nicolas Pileggi).

Recent Cecil B. DeMille winners include Steven Spielberg (2009), Warren Beatty (2007), Anthony Hopkins (2006), Robin Williams (2005) and Michael Douglas (2004).

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