Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies

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From one of the world's most acclaimed directors comes an absorbing and informative look at the evolution of American film and how the medium both shaped Scorsese's own artistic vision and influenced the whole of American culture. Hundreds of film stills, many in color, plus dialogue, quotations, and other sources add to and illustrate each chapter's overriding theme.
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Hardcover New From one of the world's most acclaimed directors comes an absorbing and informative look at American film and its practitioners, from silents to the movies of the ... 1970s, and how it shaped Martin Scorsese's own artistic vision. Scorsese revisits all kinds of movies that had strong influences and effects on him-not only the prestige titles from major directors and studios-but also the lesser praised B-movies and other undervalued genres. What he responds to-and celebrates-is film itself: the movies that make fullest use of the medium's potential and the directors who created them. Throughout the book, interviews, film stills and dialogues are used to illustrate each chapter's overriding theme. Scorsese shows us the many different guises a film director must assume: that of storyteller, illusionist, smuggler and iconoclast. Through an examination of some of American film's most enduring genres-Westerns, Musicals, films noirs, Gangster Films, to name a few-we see the growth and lasting influen Read more Show Less

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Overview

From one of the world's most acclaimed directors comes an absorbing and informative look at the evolution of American film and how the medium both shaped Scorsese's own artistic vision and influenced the whole of American culture. Hundreds of film stills, many in color, plus dialogue, quotations, and other sources add to and illustrate each chapter's overriding theme.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780786863280
  • Publisher: Miramax Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 191
  • Product dimensions: 8.38 (w) x 10.02 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 7
Introduction 13
1 The Director's Dilemma 19
2 The Director as Storyteller 31
The Western 35
The Gangster Film 47
The Musical 59
3 The Director as Illusionist 67
4 The Director as Smuggler 97
5 The Director as Iconoclast 135
Conclusion 165
Filmography 169
Credits 190
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