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Overview

Martin Scorsese's current position in the international film community is unrivaled, and his name has become synonymous with the highest standards of filmmaking excellence. He is widely considered America's best living film director, and his Taxi Driver and Raging Bull appear frequently on worldwide surveys of the best films of all time. Here, in the first biographical account of this artist's life, Vincent LoBrutto traces Scorsese's Italian-American heritage, his strict Catholic upbringing, the continuing role of religion in his life and art, his obsessive love of cinema history, and the powerful impact that the streets of New York City had on his personal life and his professional career.

Meanwhile, the filmmaker's humble, soft-spoken public persona tells only part of the story, and LoBrutto will delve into the other side of a complex and often tortured personality. Scorsese's intense passion, his private relationships, his stormy marriages, and his battles with drugs and depression are all chronicled here, and, in many cases, for the first time. In addition, the book includes an interview with the director, as well as filmographies cataloging his work as a director, producer, actor, and presenter.

As his Best Director award at the 2007 Oscars clearly demonstrated, Scorsese has become something like Hollywood royalty in recent years, finally enjoying the insider status and favor that eluded him for most of his career. But these recent developments aside, Scorsese is also notable as a distinctly American type of artist, one whose work-created in a medium largely controlled by commercialism and marketing-has always been unmistakably his own, and who thus remains a touchstone of artistic integrity in American cinema. In Martin Scorsese: A Biography, readers can examine not only the work of one of the forM's genuine artists, but also the forces that have propelled the man behind it.

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"Engaging, insightful, and wonderfully crafted, this succinct biography of Scorsese captures the essence of the man, the filmmaker, and the film historian. Using a form of intertextuality, LoBrutto demonstrates how Scorsese's Catholic Italian upbringing influenced his filmmaking from the beginning--and still continues to influence it. The author takes the reader on a visceral guided tour of Scorsese's life, beginning with his grandparents' immigration to the US and continuing to the present, noting along the way the critical stages in the filmmaker's development. He links the stages to specific films, showing the impact of Scorsese's dilemmas and personal growth on his filmmaking. Brutally honest, but never judgmental, LoBrutto reveals the man behind the myth, a man of genius plagued by personal struggles and artistic angst. Providing insight into the life and craft of one of the US's greatest filmmakers, this entertaining volume will be an invaluable resource for students of both film history and biography. Essential. All readers, all levels."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275987053
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

VINCENT LOBRUTTO, author of Becoming Film Literate (Praeger, Spring 2005) and Stanley Kubrick: A Biography (1999), one of the seminal Kubrick books. He teaches editing, production design, and cinema studies at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     xi
Turf, 1880-1959
My Voyage to Little Italy     3
Corona: Paradiso     11
Corona: Purgatorio     13
Little Italy: Inferno     21
In My Room     25
The Church     31
The Street     43
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, 1960-1971
The Home without Books     49
The Apprentice     57
The Big Kahuna: Who's That Knocking at My Door     71
The Sicilian Butcher     107
Break on through to the Other Side, 1972-1975
The Roger Corman Post-Graduate University of Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll B Movies: Boxcar Bertha     121
Neorealism American Style: Mean Streets     135
Hollywood! Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore     181
My Voyage through Hell: Taxi Driver     189
In Excess, 1976-1978
Disaster Movies: New York, New York     197
Redemption, 1979-1989
"I'm Not an Animal": Raging Bull     217
The Double: The King of Comedy     253
K: After Hours     265
Resurrection: The Color of Money     275
Passion Play: The Last Temptation of Christ     283
New York, New York: New York Stories     289
The Eternal Flame, 1990-1998
"We Make Street Movies": GoodFellas     297
The Old and the New: Cape Fear     307
Emotional Violence: The Age of Innocence     335
Trilogy: Casino     341
Zenned In: Kiundun     347
Out of Touch/Out of Time, 1999-2007
Five Marriages     355
Taxi Driver Lite: Bringing Out the Dead     365
New York Stories: Gangs of New York     369
My Voyage to Spielberg/Lucasland: The Aviator     373
Tribal Rites of the Irish: The Departed     383
Epilogue     387
Filmography as Director-Fictional Works     389
Filmography as Director-Nonfiction     391
Filmography as Actor     392
Filmography as Executive Producer and Producer     393
Filmography as Presenter     394
Interview with Martin Scorsese     395
Bibliography     405
Index     431
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2012

    Vincent LoBrutto’s Martin Scorsese: A Biography (2008) tak

    Vincent LoBrutto’s Martin Scorsese: A Biography (2008) takes you through the life of Martin Scorsese from his time in New York to gaining his popularity as a famous film director, his constant success in films, and the lack of recognition to most of his most famous films.
    The depth of the detail given on the life of Martin Scorsese brings a greater understanding to the genius film director. Bringing up events that Martin Scorsese had gone through which would end up being his greatest inspirations. He gives quotes of Martin from past interviews, giving it much more credibility.
    He also writes about his mass success in his already released movie. Movies such as Goodfellas, Casino, The Aviator, shutter Island, and many more dating back to the 1970’s. To give perspective of how famous his films are his movie out now Hugo has already earned millions and is argued to be one of the best animated films ever. Because of its unbelievable realistic animation and the plot. The author does more than a good enough job depicting Martin Scorsese’s experiences making this book much better.
    The author also brings up the fact of how the Oscars rarely award him for his movies. He shows that the reason why is because of his vulgarity in the movies. He also shows how the academy is against vulgarity and gore reducing this directors success with awards. Many people argue with the academy saying that some of his movies that went unrewarded could possibly be some of the best movies ever.
    I highly recommend this novel because is tells you about Martin Scorsese’s life on all levels. From minor details to major it gives you a full understanding of his life. This is one of my favorite biographies and I think that it is widely underated.

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