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Publisher Comments:

Roger Ebert wrote the first film review that director Martin Scorsese ever received — for 1967's I Call First — when both men were just embarking on their careers. Ebert had never been touched by a movie in quite the same way before, and this experience created a lasting bond that made him one of Scorsese's most appreciative and perceptive commentators. 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 aforementioned debut 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. One of these interviews, the single 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 Scorsese and his profound impact on American cinema.

As Scorsese himself notes in his foreword to this volume, history is the only critic that counts, but the dialogue from which its judgments arise begins with the kind of emotionally alert, historically informed, and intellectually honest writing that Ebert has collected here in this, the ideal pairing of filmmaker and critic.

Review:

"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." Library Journal

Synopsis:

This work offers the first record of America's most respected film critic's engagement with the works of America's greatest living director. Ebert puts Scorsese's career in illuminating perspective, exploring the different phases and themes that give the director's work such complexity.

Synopsis:

Roger Ebert wrote the first film review that director Martin Scorsese ever received—for 1967s I Call First, later renamed Whos That Knocking at My Door—creating a lasting bond that made him one of Scorseses most appreciative and perceptive commentators. Scorsese by Ebert offers the first record of Americas most respected film critics engagement with the works of Americas greatest living director, chronicling every single feature film in Scorseses considerable oeuvre, from his aforementioned debut to his 2008 release, the Rolling Stones documentary Shine a Light.

 

In the course of eleven interviews done over almost forty years, the book also includes Scorseses own insights on both his accomplishments and disappointments. Ebert has also written and included six new reconsiderations of the directors less commented upon films, as well as a substantial introduction that provides a framework for understanding both Scorsese and his profound impact on American cinema.

 

"Given their career-long back-and-forth, this collection makes perfect sense. . . . In these reconsiderations, Ebert invites us into his thought processes, letting us see not just what he thinks, but how he forms his opinions. Eberts insights into Scorsese are terrific, but this book offers the bonus of further insights into Ebert himself."—Time Out Chicago

 

"Ebert, film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, is an unabashed fan of Scorsese, whom he considers ‘the most gifted director of his generation. . . . Of special note are interviews with Scorsese over a 25-year period, in which the director candidly discusses his body of work."—Publishers Weekly

 

 

About the Author

Roger Ebert is the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times and has co-hosted a weekly movie review program on television since 1975, first with Gene Siskel, and since 2000 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.

Table of Contents

Foreword, by Martin Scorsese
Introduction

Part 1: Beginning

            Introduction
 
            I Call First

            Whos That Knocking at My Door

            Reconsideration

            Woodstock: An Interview with Martin Scorsese & Company

 
            Boxcar Bertha
 
            Mean Streets
 
            Alice Doesnt Live Here Anymore
 
            Taxi Driver

            An Interview with Martin Scorsese and Paul Schrader

 
            New York, New York

            Reconsideration

 
            The Last Waltz
 
Part 2: Achieving
            Introduction
 
            Raging Bull
 
            The King of Comedy

            Scorsese: King of Romantic Pain

            Reconsideration

 
            After Hours

            Reconsideration

 
            The Color of Money

            The Last Temptation of Christ

            Scorseses Last Temptation
            Reconsideration
 
            New York Stories: “Life Lessons”
            Martin Scorsese and His “New York” Story

Part 3: Establishing

            Introduction
 
            GoodFellas
            Why GoodFellas was the Best Film of 1990
 
            Cape Fear
 
            The Age of Innocence
            The Innocence of Martin Scorsese
 
            Casino
            De Niro, Pesci, Scorsese Tell a Shocking Mob Story in Casino
 
Part 4: Reflecting
            Introduction
 
            Wexner Center for the Arts Interview

Part 5: Venturing

            Introduction
 
            Kundun
            Scorsese Learns from Those Who Went before Him
            Reconsideration
 
            Bringing Out the Dead
            Bringing Out Scorsese
 
            Gangs of New York
            Gangs All Here for Scorsese

            The Aviator

            Howard's End: Scorsese and the Aviator

            No Direction Home: Bob Dylan

            The Departed

            Shine a Light

Part 6: Masterpieces

            Introduction

            Mean Streets

            Taxi Driver

            Raging Bull

            GoodFellas

            The Age of Innocence

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226182025
Author:
Ebert, Roger
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Foreword by:
Scorsese, Martin
Foreword:
Scorsese, Martin
Author:
Scorsese, Martin
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Scorsese, Martin
Subject:
Film & Video - Direction & Production
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Criticism and interpretation
Subject:
Film and Television-Production
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
314
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by , This work offers the first record of America's most respected film critic's engagement with the works of America's greatest living director. Ebert puts Scorsese's career in illuminating perspective, exploring the different phases and themes that give the director's work such complexity.
"Synopsis" by ,

Roger Ebert wrote the first film review that director Martin Scorsese ever received—for 1967s I Call First, later renamed Whos That Knocking at My Door—creating a lasting bond that made him one of Scorseses most appreciative and perceptive commentators. Scorsese by Ebert offers the first record of Americas most respected film critics engagement with the works of Americas greatest living director, chronicling every single feature film in Scorseses considerable oeuvre, from his aforementioned debut to his 2008 release, the Rolling Stones documentary Shine a Light.

 

In the course of eleven interviews done over almost forty years, the book also includes Scorseses own insights on both his accomplishments and disappointments. Ebert has also written and included six new reconsiderations of the directors less commented upon films, as well as a substantial introduction that provides a framework for understanding both Scorsese and his profound impact on American cinema.

 

"Given their career-long back-and-forth, this collection makes perfect sense. . . . In these reconsiderations, Ebert invites us into his thought processes, letting us see not just what he thinks, but how he forms his opinions. Eberts insights into Scorsese are terrific, but this book offers the bonus of further insights into Ebert himself."—Time Out Chicago

 

"Ebert, film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, is an unabashed fan of Scorsese, whom he considers ‘the most gifted director of his generation. . . . Of special note are interviews with Scorsese over a 25-year period, in which the director candidly discusses his body of work."—Publishers Weekly

 

 

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