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 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 (1942-2013) was a film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times for more than forty years. In 1975 he became the first film critic to win the Pulitzer Prize. That same year he teamed up with his rival critic, Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune, to host a movie review program on public television. Sneak Previews became the most popular entertainment program on the PBS network and gave Ebert a nationwide audience. He was the author of numerous books on film including Awake in the Dark: The Best of Roger Ebert, the Great Movies essay collections, and a memoir, Life Itself.
Table of Contents
Foreword, by Martin ScorseseIntroduction
Part 1: Beginning Introduction I Call First
Whos That Knocking at My Door
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
Howard's End: Scorsese and the Aviator
No Direction Home: Bob Dylan
Shine a Light
Part 6: Masterpieces
The Age of Innocence