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Italianamerican (1974)

Not Rated | | Documentary | October 1974 (USA)
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.

Director:

Martin Scorsese

Writers:

Lawrence D. Cohen (as Larry Cohen), Mardik Martin
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Complete credited cast:
Catherine Scorsese ... Self
Charles Scorsese ... Self
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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. Written by alfiehitchie

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This film is included in the "Martin Scorsese Shorts" set, released by the Criterion Collection, spine #1,030. See more »

Quotes

Charles Scorsese: 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.
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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 »

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Referenced in King Missile: Martin Scorsese (1993) See more »

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the most 'home movie' of Scorsese's documentaries
12 August 2005 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

Like someone opening up a family scrapbook or putting on a video from footage you haven't seen in years, Italian/American is Martin Scorsese's personal look at his family, most particularly his parents Catherine and Charlie. Both have had memorable bits in his films (Goodfellas being their prime, as Catherine was Pesci's mother and Charlie the onion-cooking prisoner in jail), but are also willing to be on-screen for a kind of personal inquisition from Martin about the family's history. We learn about the ancestry of the Scorseses, on both sides, and how this influence came into the family. At times, strangely in such a short amount of time, the 'home video' factor is actually a little boring, as it would be in real life. Yet a fascination remains with these people, and the director's own deep interest in it (he references the family's history as well in My Voyage to Italy). A highlight actually occurs in the end, as Catherine offers up her recipe for tomato sauce! For Scorsese die-hards a must-see; a curiosity for anyone else interested.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1974 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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