Conversations With Scorsese

Conversations With Scorsese

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Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull , The Last Temptation of Christ, Kundun, The Departed, The Aviator, Shutter Island: these are just a few of the critically acclaimed films, startling experimental works, and spectacular commercial blockbusters with which Martin Scorsese has forever enriched American cinema. Here is a rare and wonderfully insightful chance to experience all of these films, and the history and process of moviemaking in general, through the words and wit of the master director.

Richard Schickel's canny and intelligent interviews guide us through Scorsese's life and work, from the child who escaped the realities of Little Italy in the 1950s through movies to the man whose increasingly encyclopedic knowledge of film shaped his ambitions and art. Scorsese reveals which films are most autobiographical and which have been forays into unknown territory in content or aesthetics. He talks about his lesser-known movies, those already considered classics, his documentaries, and his influences. He explains his personal style, the close attention he pays to detail, and his attraction to genre films. And he discusses what being a lifelong student of film has taught him about acting, directing, music, and camerawork, among many other topics.

The result is a vivid, immensely enlightening history of modern Hollywood seen through the eyes of one intrepid filmmaker. We see audiences' expectations tested by what Scorsese was willing to put on the screen in explorations of prostitution, institutionalized violence, and religion. We see the unavoidable frustrations and exhilarating rewards of filming live concerts for The Band and at Woodstock. And we see many of the rewarding artistic and personal relationships of Scorsese's career, including collaborations with Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, Jack Nicholson, and Leonardo DiCaprio.

An invaluable appreciation of one of our most admired film directors.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307268402
Branch Call Number: 791.430233 SCORSESE
Characteristics: xiv, 423 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Schickel, Richard


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Apr 28, 2018

Simply engrossing.

Movie Reviewer Richard Schickel nudges Scorcese here, but rarely intrudes. A fine balance.

Scorsese is witty, insightful, authoritative--of course, about the movies, even more knowledgeable than Schickel--and often revealing, not just about how his movies were made (and often, why), but how making them affected him.

It's fairly new, so that it encompasses more recent work such as Shutter Island (2010) and discussions about The Silence, which, after decades of thought and effort, was finally released in 2016.

A serious film fan...or maybe want to be? Start here.

jmcgrfx May 23, 2012

Even if you haven't seen all of Mr. Scorsese's films ( which I haven't ), you'll find this in-depth look at every aspect of his career to be most interesting, informative and entertaining.His knowledge of the entire history of film is beyond encyclopedic, and he is able to discuss other directors' films with the same cheerful insight he applies to his own. Be advised, some of the photo stills are graphic.,


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