Scorsese on Scorsese

Overview

Martin Scorsese's challenging and often controversial films are a record of the most personal achievement in modern American cinema. Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Gooodfellas—these titles conjure up a world and a style of filmmaking that he has made his own, one of a savage beauty of great intensity and truth.

The interviews which make up this book chart the journey that Scorsese has taken across the years in search of new subjects to engage and absorb him, and in the ...

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Overview

Martin Scorsese's challenging and often controversial films are a record of the most personal achievement in modern American cinema. Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Gooodfellas—these titles conjure up a world and a style of filmmaking that he has made his own, one of a savage beauty of great intensity and truth.

The interviews which make up this book chart the journey that Scorsese has taken across the years in search of new subjects to engage and absorb him, and in the process reveal a man who, like Michael Powell and Francios Truffaut, has an unbridled passion for film—a passion which is evident in every frame of his work.

This new, revised edition includes chapters on Goodfellas, Cape Fear, The Age of Innocence, and other projects up to Casino, thus bringing up to date the story of America's most exciting and articulate contemporary filmmaker.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780571220021
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber
  • Publication date: 1/14/2004
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,366,098
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 8.49 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Christie is the author of Arrows of Desire: the Films of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (1985, 1994) and has written and edited four other books about their work. He has organised many retrospectives and played a part in the films' restoration. He is currently Professor of Film and Media History at Birkbeck College, University of London, and a regular broadcaster.

 

David Thompson, a film scholar, has edited or co-edited several titles in the Directors on Directors series, including Scorsese on Scorsese and Levinson on Levinson.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix
Foreword xv
Acknowledgements xvii
Introduction: Martin Scorsese--Storyteller, Illusionist, Smuggler and Iconoclast xix
Chapter 1 Childhood in Little Italy--New York University 1
Chapter 2 Who's That Knocking at My Door?--Boxcar Bertha 23
Chapter 3 Mean Streets--Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore--Taxi Driver 38
Chapter 4 New York, New York--The Last Waltz--Raging Bull--The King of Comedy 68
Chapter 5 After Hours--The Color of Money 94
Chapter 6 The Last Temptation of Christ 116
Chapter 7 New York Stories--GoodFellas--Cape Fear 146
Chapter 8 The Age of Innocence--A Personal Journey 176
Chapter 9 Casino--Kundun 198
Chapter 10 Bringing Out the Dead--My Voyage to Italy 226
Chapter 11 Gangs of New York--New Projects 250
Appendix The Last Temptation of Christ--the Controversy 250
Filmography 280
Bibliography 311
Notes on the Editors 317
Index 318
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