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Conversations with Scorsese

Format:  Hardcover,

423 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Mar 2011

ISBN-13: 9780307268402

ISBN-10: 0307268403

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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: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Mar 2011
ISBN-13: 9780307268402
ISBN-10: 0307268403
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 423
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 2.09
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 7.64 x 1.39 x 9.43
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Review by Library Journal (2011-02-01)

A veritable library of criticism and collected interviews has been published on Martin Scorsese in the last ten years, but none remotely as valuable as this entry. A renowned film critic and documentary filmmaker, Schickel (Elia Kazan: A Biography) began this series of conversations with Scorsese in 2004, and the combination of his insightful questions and Scorsese's rapid-fire patter and stream-of-consciousness style makes this an educational and entertaining read. The interviews cover not only Scorsese's films but also film in general, and both men's excitement and admiration for the art and history of film making fills every page.

This is no shallow series of how and why questions but a true conversation about art and how one individual has endeavored to create it. The book concludes with the section "The Onrush of Time", in which Schickel and Scorsese discuss what's next for the director; readers will be left simply wanting more.

Verdict: Perhaps the definitive piece of self-commentary that will ever be produced about the work of Scorsese; required for all libraries.

-Peter Thornell, Hingham P.L., MA

(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2012-11-01)

Winner of the Enid McLeod Literary Prize for The Rose of Martinique: A Biography of Napoleon's Josephine, the Caribbean-born Stuart draws on her own family history to show how sugar, slavery, and New World colonization were intimately linked.

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