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Scorsese on Scorsese (Directors on Directors) [Hardcover]

Ian Christie , Martin Scorsese , David Thompson
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6 Nov 1989 Directors on Directors
In this book, Scorsese discusses his enormously controversial film, "The Last Temptation of Christ", and expresses a passionate view of the cinema. He describes the battles to make the film and the text is illustrated with stills and sketches from his own archive.

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  • Hardcover: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; 1st edition (6 Nov 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057114103X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571141036
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 310,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Now fully updated, Scorsese on Scorsese is the definitive study of America’s foremost film director, including new chapters on Kundun, Bringing Out the Dead, the documentary My Voyage to Italy, and the epic Gangs of New York.

True to its title, this book offers Martin Scorsese in his own words: through a career-length interview in which he recalls his upbringing in New York’s Little Italy, and explains the inspiration and creation of his many great movies, from Mean Streets and Taxi Driver, through Raging Bull and The Last Temptation of Christ, up to Goodfellas, Casino, and Gangs of New York. The result is an incomparable insight into a body of work that is the most personal achievement in modern American cinema.

Scorsese proves himself to be a terrifically articulate artist, whether recounting the many battles to get his movies made, his supreme passion for the medium of film itself, or the roots of his long-time creative partnership with actor Robert De Niro.

Scorsese on Scorsese also contains a complete filmography, and a wealth of behind-the-scenes stills and sketches from Scorsese’s own collection. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Ian Christie is a well-respected lecturer on film who has co-edited Scorsese on Scorsese, edited Gilliam on Gilliam and is the author of a study of the films of Powell and Pressburger, Arrows of Desire. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scorsese on Scorsese - a review 29 Dec 2005
By J. D. Naylor TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This is a superb book about Martin Scorsese and is based around three lectures that he did for the NFT (national film theatre). As well as Scorsese giving you a full and detailed account of his film career to date (casino is the last entry) the book is packed with black & white photos from his films and also story boards,sketches,letters and much more.He gives lots of details and interesting insights into his movies, methods,acting producing directing etc which seem to get missed from a lot of the magazine articles that come around whenever he has a new film on release.
As always, Scorsese tells his story with the passion and interst that have made him one of the best known movie directors of all time and this book is pretty much top of the heap when it comes to Scorsese books.
I read this book in two sittings and found it,like the woody Allen book of similar title,a riveting read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great book about the great man 18 Dec 2011
a bit tatty but very cheap and a good buy my son who is a scorsese freak is thrilled. arrived quickly and weell wrapped
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I thought this was a very good book, an essential for any scorsese or film buff. It's hard to take your eye's off it once you start you become entranced.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Answers Scorsese Fans' FAQS 30 Mar 2001
By Renee Thorpe - Published on
This reader felt almost privileged to read these interviews, lectures, and conversations with Martin Scorsese. He simply shares everything, and indeed he is, if nothing else, a true fan of movies!
The insightful words of Scorsese, arranged to parallel his filmography up through New York Stories, are annotated by the redoubtable editors Thompson and Christie. Scorsese is arguably the greatest postmodern artist, (and I would have to say the only postmodernist I unhesitatingly adore -with possible exception of Matt Groening), and the reader really gets to see how Scorsese constructs a film. His inspirations are as predictable as directors Pasolini and Powell, yet as diverse as Mahatma Ghandi and Little Richard. He loves all with equanimity and enthusiasm.
That's the joy of this book... the guy loves movies, loves making them, and all that energy just shines through.
Extremely valuable resource for the student of film, but good fun for the humble film buff, too. Bonus: interesting black and white photos you won't find elsewhere. Excellent (though naturally out-of-date) filmography appendix.
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4.0 out of 5 stars insightful comments on the great and not-so great films of this master, by himself 22 Sep 2009
By Muzzlehatch - Published on
Like the couple of other books in this series that I've read, this is done mostly in conversational style, clips from interviews originally, in most cases, with the questions edited down so that most of the space is devoted to the director's answers. Ordered chronologically by film, with a final brief chapter on "Goodfellas" (my copy is the 1990 edition) barely released at the date of publication for the edition I have. This has the advantage of making for a less repetitious book as the interviews don't normally cover the same ground twice - but also at times a somewhat scattershot one.

My favorite sections are those on RAGING BULL (lots of concentration on how the editing of the film went) and especially on THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST (mostly dealing with how Scorsese came to the project, his feelings on the book by Kazantzakis, on the nature of Christ and on previous Hollywood portrayals - nothing on the protests surrounding the film's release) and Scorsese is uber-knowledgeable about film of course, and can usually be counted on to point out examples from many other directors whose work has influenced him - the book abounds with references to his great mentor and friend Michael Powell in particular.

Recommended for serious devotees of the director of course, but probably of some interest to the more casual film buff as well.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book That Would Satisfy ANY Scorsese Fan 7 July 2002
By Karen J. Ayers - Published on
I bought this book out of respect and deep admiration for Martin Scorsese. What I got was keen insight into a creative genius. The numerous interviews reveal a side to Scorsese that not many people see outside the camera. It's a lot more personal than that. When he talks about his movies, he ultimately parallels them to what his life was like at that time. So it's a fine blend of his personal life mixed with his professional life. There's also the obvious vibe that this man always was and always will be a student of film; his passion is infinite. Perhaps that's what makes him as influential and well-respected as he is.
You're the best there is, Marty!!
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating peek inside the mind of a film master 29 Dec 2000
By John Dennett - Published on
I absolutely devoured this book, essentially reading in two sittings a day apart. A rare and privledged look into the mind of Scorsese in his own words, followers of his work will be thrilled with the insights and anecdotes. Anyone half-aware of the man's work can recognize the thought that goes into it, but these interviews reveal the incredible depth and passion for film and its history that underlies his craft.
An essential read for anyone that considers her- or himself a film buff.
3.0 out of 5 stars they liked it 28 Nov 2013
By Jerry Jones - Published on
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this was a gift and the person said they liked it I hope they weren't trying to make me feel good
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