Martin Scorsese's America / Edition 1

Martin Scorsese's America / Edition 1

by Ellis Cashmore
     
 

For over four decades, Martin Scorsese has been the chronicler of an obsessive society, where material possessions and physical comfort are valued, where the pursuit of individual improvement is rewarded and where male prerogative is respected and preserved.

Scorsese has often described his films as sociology and he has a point: his storytelling condenses

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For over four decades, Martin Scorsese has been the chronicler of an obsessive society, where material possessions and physical comfort are valued, where the pursuit of individual improvement is rewarded and where male prerogative is respected and preserved.

Scorsese has often described his films as sociology and he has a point: his storytelling condenses complex information into comprehensible narratives about society. In this sense, he has been a guide through a dark world of nineteenth century crypto-fascism to a fetishistic twentieth century in which goods, fame, money and power are held to have magical power.

Author of Tyson: Nurture of the Beast and Beckham, Ellis Cashmore turns his attention to arguably the most influential living film- maker to explore how Scorsese envisions America. Greed, manhood, the city and romantic love feature on Scorsese's landscape of secular materialism. They are among the themes Cashmore argues have driven and inform Scorsese's work. This is America, as seen through the eyes of Martin Scorsese and it is a deeply unpleasant place.

Cashmore's book discloses how, collectively, Scorsese's films present an image of America. It's an image assembled from the perspectives of obsessive people, whether burned-out paramedics, compulsive entrepreneurs, tortured lovers, or celebrity-fixated comedians. It's collected from pool halls, taxicabs, boxing rings and jazz clubs. It's an image that's specific, yet ubiquitous. It is Martin Scorsese's America.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745645223
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/17/2009
Series:
PALS-Polity America Through the Lens Series
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction - Grand, Dark, American Vision 1

2 Dream Gone Toxic 26

3 Whose Law? What Order? 53

4 Minds and the Metropolis 77

5 Pawns in Their Game 105

6 What the People Want 137

7 Family Values 162

8 Idea of a Man 184

9 Women Lose 207

10 Submission to Romance 227

11 Conclusion - Price of Money 251

Filmography 269

Bibliography 273

Index 289

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