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Scorsese by Ebertby Roger Ebert
Synopses & Reviews
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.
"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
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.
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
Part 1: Beginning
I Call First
Whos That Knocking at My Door
Woodstock: An Interview with Martin Scorsese & Company
Alice Doesnt Live Here Anymore
An Interview with Martin Scorsese and Paul Schrader
New York, New York
The Last Waltz
Part 2: Achieving
The King of Comedy
Scorsese: King of Romantic Pain
The Color of Money
The Last Temptation of Christ
Scorseses Last Temptation
New York Stories: “Life Lessons”
Martin Scorsese and His “New York” Story
Part 3: Establishing
Why GoodFellas was the Best Film of 1990
The Age of Innocence
The Innocence of Martin Scorsese
De Niro, Pesci, Scorsese Tell a Shocking Mob Story in Casino
Part 4: Reflecting
Wexner Center for the Arts Interview
Part 5: Venturing
Scorsese Learns from Those Who Went before Him
Bringing Out the Dead
Bringing Out Scorsese
Gangs of New York
Gangs All Here for Scorsese
Howard's End: Scorsese and the Aviator
No Direction Home: Bob Dylan
Shine a Light
Part 6: Masterpieces
The Age of Innocence
What Our Readers Are Saying
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