"I can only talk about what has moved me or intrigued me," says filmmaker Martin Scorsese (Raging Bull) at the beginning of this four-hour documentary about his passion for U.S. cinema. "I can't really be objective here." Hallelujah! A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies is the perfect antidote to the forced and artificial doctrine of the American Film Institute's so-called 100 best films. The AFI's English cousin, the British Film Institute, did a brilliant thing in enlisting Scorsese--probably the most famous student of cinema in the U.S.--to open up and speak at length for this project about the history of artistic survival among Hollywood directors. Working with cowriter and codirector Michael Henry Wilson, Scorsese takes a highly intuitive and heartfelt approach in describing how a number of filmmakers--some famous and some forgotten--carefully layered their visions into their work, often against the great resistance or eccentric whims of powerful producers. Film clips are plentiful, but they are also more than window dressing for nostalgia buffs. For instance, it's not unusual for Scorsese to return repeatedly to the same film (such as Vincente Minnelli's The Bad and the Beautiful) in order to make a series of connecting, deepening points. In the end, this work is truly one of Scorsese's most direct bridges to his imagination and personality, and it has the sort of restorative properties that can make a cinephile wearied by today's junk culture fall in love with movies again. A companion book is also available. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"A personal journey with Martin Scorsese through American movies" (1995) is the kind of documentary I love, one that entertains but also manages to teach me something new at the... Read morePublished on Oct. 10 2007 by B. Alcat
This is an incredible look at the history of American Cinema through the eyes of the greatest American Filmmaker. Martin Scorsese's ability to tell story is moving. Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2003 by "razumarx"
Listening to Martin Scorsese talk about movies is always a pleasure, and the depth of his knowledge never fails to astound. Read morePublished on June 12 2002 by Ken Broomfield
Martin Scorcese is one of America's greatest filmmakers. His often-intelligent filmmaking shows his constant study of the art of film. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2002 by GLENN WHELAN
Scorcese is one of the few directors who understands where he came from. More significantly, he can make us undertsand why this is important. Read morePublished on Oct. 25 2001 by Mad Dog
This may be the single-best tool you could ever study to understand how one great cinematic mind realized its vision. Scorsese is selfless; he shows us how his vision came to be. Read morePublished on Aug. 12 2001 by Stacey Cochran
I don't know if Marty Scorsese teaches at New York University's Film School anymore. If he doesn't, it is a huge loss to the school. Read morePublished on May 13 2001 by carol irvin
Scorsese dazzles you with his knowledge of film. I've heard of most of these flicks, but Martin has actually watched them and decoded them scene by scene. Read morePublished on April 4 2001 by Dale Tegtman