Century of Cinema (1995–1998)
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A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies 

Martin Scorsese describes his initial and growing obsession with films from the 1940s and 50s as the art form developed and grew with clips from classics and cult classics.
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Episode credited cast:
Martin Scorsese ... Himself - Narrator / Host
Allison Anders ... Herself
Kathryn Bigelow ... Herself
Francis Ford Coppola ... Himself
Brian De Palma ... Himself
André De Toth ... Himself
Clint Eastwood ... Himself
Jodie Foster ... Herself
Carl Franklin ... Himself
George Lucas ... Himself
Gregory Peck ... Himself
Arthur Penn ... Himself
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Philippe Collin Philippe Collin ... Récitant / Narrator (French version) (voice)
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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 Fred Goodridge

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UK | USA

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English

Release Date:

21 May 1995 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Historia kina amerykanskiego wedlug Martina Scorsese See more »

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The machine gun spray that comes close to hitting James Cagney as he and Edward Woods turn the corner are real bullets fired by a real machine gun. See more »

Quotes

Martin Scorsese - Narrator: Less money, more freedom. I mean the world of b-film is often freer and more conducive to experimenting and innovating.
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Features Shock Corridor (1963) See more »

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cinema documentary at its finest
18 November 1999 | by shaun jSee all my reviews

Huge, exhaustive and passionate summary of American cinema as seen through the eyes of Martin Scorcese. Needless to say, there is never a dull moment in all of its 4 hour running time. Many genres, periods and directors are all examined, discussed more from the perspective of cinephile rather than contemporary director. For anyone even remotely interested in American films, or cinema in general. A masterpiece, and the best of the BFI's Century of Cinema series.


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