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"Scorsese by Ebert offers the first record of America's most respected film critic's engagement with the works of America's greatest living director. The book chronicles every single feature film in Scorsese's considerable oeuvre, from his debut in 1967's I Call First, later renamed Who's That Knocking at My Door, to his 2008 release, the Rolling Stones documentary, Shine a Light." Here Ebert puts Scorsese's career in illuminating perspective, exploring the different phases of his development and the abiding themes (many of which reflect
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Overview

"Scorsese by Ebert offers the first record of America's most respected film critic's engagement with the works of America's greatest living director. The book chronicles every single feature film in Scorsese's considerable oeuvre, from his debut in 1967's I Call First, later renamed Who's That Knocking at My Door, to his 2008 release, the Rolling Stones documentary, Shine a Light." Here Ebert puts Scorsese's career in illuminating perspective, exploring the different phases of his development and the abiding themes (many of which reflect Scorsese's Catholicism) that give his work such complexity and depth. All of Ebert's incisive reviews of Scorsese's individual films are here, of course, but there is much more. In the course of eleven interviews done over almost forty years, the book includes Scorsese's own insights on both his accomplishments and disappointments. A career-spanning interview from 1997, one of the longest ever conducted with Scorsese, appears here for the first time. Ebert has also written and included six new reconsiderations of the director's less commented upon films, as well as a substantial introduction that provides a framework for understanding both Scorcese and his profound impact on American cinema.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Ebert, film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, is an unabashed fan of Scorsese, whom he considers "the most gifted director of his generation." To prove it, he's compiled his reviews of every Scorsese film-beginning with I Call First in 1967 to his latest, Shine a Light. Along the way, Ebert pays special tribute to five "masterpieces," including Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Mean Streets, which he calls "one of the source points of modern movies." These three films in particular, Ebert argues, reflect Scorsese's ongoing preoccupation with sex and guilt, themes fueled by a Catholic upbringing and his childhood in New York City's Little Italy. Citing the director's strong collaboration with actor Robert De Niro and screenwriter Paul Schrader, Ebert says all three men seem "fascinated by the lives of tortured, violent, guilt-ridden characters," usually men who cannot relate to women, such as Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver or Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull. Of special note are interviews with Scorsese over a 25-year period, in which the director candidly discusses his body of work. (Oct.)

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Library Journal

Ebert has been a professional film critic for as long as Martin Scorsese has been a feature-length filmmaker. Icons in their respective fields, they have developed a professional friendship that makes this intimate study all the more fascinating. Both share similar cultural and religious backgrounds, and perhaps this has helped attune Ebert's criticism, be it positive, negative, or respectfully reserved (like his thoughts on Cape Fear and Gangs of New York), to Scorsese's various films. All of Ebert's original reviews are here, along with interviews he has conducted with Scorsese over the years and an occasional reconsideration of such films as Kundun, After Hours, and The Last Temptation of Christ. This book is proof that the greatest criticism is simply careful and educated observation that connects a filmmaker with his subject, his audience, and his time. Ebert is one of the most acclaimed and perceptive critics of his time, and this unique book is an invaluable study in the canon of both film and criticism. Highly recommended for all libraries.
—Peter Thornell

Time
A film-by-film chronicling of the professional, yet passionate, Ebert-Scorsese relationship. Packaged together are every Ebert review of a Scorsese title, as well as an array of essays, interviews, and the transcript of an on-stage discussion between the director and writer. . . . Ebert has also gone back to write an additional 'reconsideration' of a half-dozen select Scorsese titles. . . . A work of obvious affection, even adoration, what might surprise readers most is how Scorsese by Ebert emerges as a work of profound identification.

— S. James Snyder

Time Out Chicago

"Given their career-long back-and-forth, this collection makes perfect sense. It’s a project Ebert has talked about for years, and during his recent recovery from surgery, he finally made it a reality. Ebert has collected all of his original reviews of Scorsese’s films, along with interviews and essays on the director. That would be a great thing on its own, but the real strength of this book comes from his new essays about a number of the films. These afford readers a wonderful opportunity to see how someone approaches the same work of art over decades. . . . In these reconsiderations, Ebert invites us into his thought processes, letting us see not just what he thinks, but how he forms his opinions. Ebert’s insights into Scorsese are terrific, but this book offers the bonus of further insights into Ebert himself."

Booklist

"[Eberts'] enthusiasm and conviction are obvious here; accordingly, this is some of his best stuff."
Movie Maker
Whether you're a Scorsese connoisseur or someone just discovering the acclaimed auteur, Roger Ebert's Scorsese is a thought-provoking appreciation of more than 40 years of masterful moviemaking.

— Kyle Rupprecht

Antitainment
Scorsese by Ebert is one of the finest books to ever be written on the medium of film. . . . An illuminating and insightful look at a virtuoso director written by a virtuoso journalist; it's the Citizen Kane of film criticism.

— Anthony Kuzminski

Choice

"An invaluable, historical resource for the Scorsese scholar and an entertaining, informative document for the Scorsese fan."
Shepherd Express
Already a revered film critic, Ebert is also one of the most perceptive writers living today. And the level of perception present in his syndicated movie reviews is at its peak in this admiringly ciritical book about another revered figure. Through the eyes of Ebert, we go on a reflective journey into the mind of Scorses and, by extension, our own minds.

— Michael Bizunowicz

Time - S. James Snyder

"A film-by-film chronicling of the professional, yet passionate, Ebert-Scorsese relationship. Packaged together are every Ebert review of a Scorsese title, as well as an array of essays, interviews, and the transcript of an on-stage discussion between the director and writer. . . . Ebert has also gone back to write an additional 'reconsideration' of a half-dozen select Scorsese titles. . . . A work of obvious affection, even adoration, what might surprise readers most is how Scorsese by Ebert emerges as a work of profound identification."
Movie Maker - Kyle Rupprecht

"Whether you're a Scorsese connoisseur or someone just discovering the acclaimed auteur, Roger Ebert's Scorsese is a thought-provoking appreciation of more than 40 years of masterful moviemaking."
Antitainment - Anthony Kuzminski

"Scorsese by Ebert is one of the finest books to ever be written on the medium of film. . . . An illuminating and insightful look at a virtuoso director written by a virtuoso journalist; it's the Citizen Kane of film criticism."
Shepherd Express - Michael Bizunowicz

"Already a revered film critic, Ebert is also one of the most perceptive writers living today. And the level of perception present in his syndicated movie reviews is at its peak in this admiringly ciritical book about another revered figure. Through the eyes of Ebert, we go on a reflective journey into the mind of Scorses and, by extension, our own minds."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226182032
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 255,893
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert is the Pulitzer Prize–winning film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times. Starting in 1975, he cohosted a long-running weekly movie review program on television, first with Gene Siskel and then with Richard Roeper. He is the author of numerous books on film, including The Great Movies, The Great Movies II, and Awake in the Dark: The Best of Roger Ebert, the last published by the University of Chicago Press.

 

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Table of Contents

Foreword Martin Scorsese Scorsese, Martin

Introduction 1

Pt. 1 Beginning

Introduction 11

I Call First 16

Who's That Knocking at My Door 18

Reconsideration 21

Woodstock: An Interview with Martin Scorsese & Company 25

Boxcar Bertha 32

Mean Streets 34

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore 36

Taxi Driver 39

An Interview With Martin Scorsese and Paul Schrader 42

New York, New York 48

Reconsideration 51

The Last Waltz 55

Pt. 2 Achieving

Introduction 61

Raging Bull 65

The King of Comedy 68

Scorsese: King of Romantic Pain 71

Reconsideration 77

After Hours 82

Reconsideration 85

The Color of Money 89

The Last Temptation of Christ 93

Scorsese's Last Temptation 96

Reconsideration 100

New York Stories: "Life Lessons" 105

Martin Scorsese and His "New York" Story 107

Pt. 3 Establishing

Introduction 115

GoodFellas 120

Why Goodfellas Was the Best Film of 1990 124

Cape Fear 129

The Age of Innocence 132

The Innocence of Martin Scorsese 136

Casino 143

De Niro, Pesci, Scorsese Tell a Shocking Mob Story in Casino 147

Pt. 4 Reflecting

Introduction 157

Wexner Center for the Arts Interview 158

Pt. 5 Venturing

Introduction 209

Kundun 215

Scorsese Learns from Those Who Went Before Him 218

Reconsideration 224

Bringing Out the Dead 228

Bringing Out Scorsese 231

Gangs of New York 235

Gangs All Here for Scorsese 239

The Aviator 243

Howard's End: Scorsese and the Aviator 247

No Direction Home: Bob Dylan 251

The Departed 256

Shine a Light 260

Pt. 6 Masterpieces

Introduction 265

Mean Streets 268

Taxi Driver 272

Raging Bull 277

GoodFellas 281

The Age of Innocence 286

Index 307

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

    A Reader's Review of Scorsese..by Ebert

    This account of the movies of Martin Scorcese keeps the interest of any reader who is interested in the ins and outs of movie-making as well as those who just love these movies and this incredible director. Who better to evaluate the art created by this Scorcese than this Movie Critic?
    Ebert's analysis of the motivations behind Scorsese, his reminders of the great shots and scenes, the insight into the detailed and street-trained mind behind these really captures the readers' imagination...putting them center stage....as do Scorsese's movies.
    The Introduction by Scorsese was a delight...even his refusal to be worthy of so much credit....which, of course he is.
    This book has broadened my movie-watching experience and made it even more enjoyable. I am so looking forward to Scorsese's use of scenes, lighting and DiCaprio's dramatic looks in Shelter Island and being able to see it through new eyes!

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