Scorsese provides a useful guide to his American-Italian family's native background. He tells you how as a young man growing up he discovered a lot of these films on TV,then as he got older sought them out.He shows you pictures of Italians in America from film and documentaries he saw in America and pictures of his own parents, uncles, grandparents,their lives,rituals.He drew so much from Italian neo-realism as did his family.De Sica's early films like The Bicycle Thieves,Umberto D have a special resonance in terms of people's struggle to survive,poverty and dignity.Rosselini has a special place with his neo-realistic classics,Rome Open City,Germany Year Zero and Paisan. His two later film Stromboli and Voyage to Italy leave a deeper impression on him of an Italy of the soul.Visconti the aristocrat who learned film from Jean Renoir covered early neo-realism in Ossessione and La Terra Trema,but Scorsese gives a lot of time to Senso a more melodramatic colour film,giving lots of scenes from the film.The last two directors,Fellini and Antonioni,are compared and contrasted,both equally impressing him. Antonioni comes out as more mysterious and challenging,but he loves the way Fellini treats the sources of artistic inspiration and memory. Scorsese gives you 10 to 15 minutes of scenes from each film,often giving away spoilers.It gave me the desire to search out Senso,Rome Open City,Voyage to Italy,The Bicycle Thieves,I Vitelloni,81/2,and to revisit L'Avventura and L'Eclisse.This is 4 hours of an impassioned essay by a film fan,a monument to the history of film.