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 know each other very well. They have retained individual identities and differing opinions, yet have found a way to live with each other, and both are fascinating story-tellers.
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This film is included in the "Martin Scorsese Shorts" set, released by the Criterion Collection, spine #1,030. See more
Our fathers and mothers, they were from a different world. They were different. They brought us up, as long as we ate and we were healthy, that's all there is - they couldn't afford to send us to school. They didn't have that kind of money. So, all they had to do to survive. And, thank God, that my mother and father were all - they reached to see us all get married and all settle up nice, with families, and that's it.
The Sauce: Singe an onion & a pinch of garlic in oil. Throw in a piece of veal, a piece of beef, some pork sausage & a lamb neck bone. Add a basil leaf. When the meat is brown, take it out, & put it on a plate. Put in a can of tomato paste & some water. Pass a can of packed whole tomatoes through a blender & pour it in. Let it boil. Add salt, pepper, & a pinch of sugar. Let it cook for awhile. Throw the meat back in. Cook for 1 hour. Now make the meatballs. Put a slice of bread without crust, 2 eggs, & a drop of milk, into a bowl of ground veal & beef. Add salt, pepper, some cheese & a few spoons of sauce. Mix it with your hands. Roll them up, throw them in. Let it cook for another hour. See more