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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 Schickels canny and intelligent interviews guide us through Scorseses 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 Scorseses 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.

Synopsis:

Martin Scorsese’s career is a dense map of critical darlings and experimental films—from Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, and Raging Bull, to The Last Temptation of Christ, Kundun, and Shutter Island. Now we are given the chance to see all of his movies, and moviemaking in general, through the eyes of the master director himself.

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. He talks about his lesser-known movies, those already considered classics, his documentaries, and his influences. He reveals which films are most autobiographical, and which have been forays into unknown territory in subject or aesthetics. He explains his style as a filmmaker, 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, and camerawork, among many other topics.

Conversations with Scorsese affords us a rare and invaluable appreciation of one of our most admired film directors.

About the Author

Richard Schickel is a film critic, filmmaker, and movie historian who has written more than thirty-five books, including Clint Eastwood: A Biography and The Disney Version. He is, as well, the director-writer-producer of thirty documentary films, among them Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin, Woody Allen: A Life in Film, and Shooting War. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the British Film Institute Book Prize, the Maurice Bessy Prize for film criticism, and the William K. Everson Award for Film History. He lives in Los Angeles.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307268402
Author:
Schickel, Richard
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Author:
Scorsese, Martin
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - General
Subject:
Film & Video - Direction & Production
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Film and Television-Production
Publication Date:
20110331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
98 PHOTOGRAPHS IN TEXT
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9.42 x 7.69 x 1.34 in 2.08 lb

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Product details 448 pages Knopf Publishing Group - English 9780307268402 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Martin Scorsese’s career is a dense map of critical darlings and experimental films—from Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, and Raging Bull, to The Last Temptation of Christ, Kundun, and Shutter Island. Now we are given the chance to see all of his movies, and moviemaking in general, through the eyes of the master director himself.

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. He talks about his lesser-known movies, those already considered classics, his documentaries, and his influences. He reveals which films are most autobiographical, and which have been forays into unknown territory in subject or aesthetics. He explains his style as a filmmaker, 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, and camerawork, among many other topics.

Conversations with Scorsese affords us a rare and invaluable appreciation of one of our most admired film directors.

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