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Italianamerican (1974)

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 »

Director:

Martin Scorsese

Writers:

Lawrence D. Cohen (as Larry Cohen), Mardik Martin
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Catherine Scorsese ... Herself
Charles Scorsese ... Himself
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Italoamericani See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Catherine Scorsese: My father's name was Martin. But, a lot of people called him Philip. I don't know why? Don't ask me why! But, they called him: Filippo. Mr. Filippo.
Martin Scorsese: I don't understand.
Catherine Scorsese: I don't know why either? Don't ask me why. I have a brother, his name is Salvatore, they call him Charlie.
Charles Scorsese: The same thing with me. My name is - my name is...
Catherine Scorsese: Luciano.
Charles Scorsese: Luciano. They call me Charlie.
Catherine Scorsese: They call him Charlie. Why? My name was Katherine, they call me Kelly. I don't know why?
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Crazy Credits

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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Memories!
7 November 2008 | by BolesroorSee all my reviews

Martin Scorsese's "Italianamerican" is a documentary, really a home movie in which the legendary director sits down with his parents and listens to them reminisce about their experiences of growing up and coming to America.

This is a beautiful, effortless film by the greatest director of all-time. It's charming, and light-hearted, and so familiar you will be able to relate to his parents whatever your ethnic background.

As an Italian-American myself I have to admit it was like watching one of my own home movies. My grandparents were just like Charles & Catherine Scorsese... my grandmother taught me how to make sauce just like Marty's mother does in the movie. Everything about them- the look of their apartment, the way they speak and argue- made me nostalgic for my childhood days.

At one point Catherine is in the middle of relating one of her stories and you can spot Marty in the foreground picking at the leftovers in the salad bowl... film can be this low-key, this unassuming, and be just as moving as scripted studio fare.

Oh, for days gone by...


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