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5.0 out of 5 stars Reasons why this is my favourite film
Reasons why this is my favourite film (I've watched it around 30 times in 2 or 3 years):
* It's as authentic as Martin Scorsese ever gets. He lived this film and you get that from the first minute. He also wrote it, which is pretty unusual for a Scorsese film.
* The opening quote: "You don't make up for your sins in church. You do it in the streets. You do...
Published on 6 Sep 2010 by Mystery Martian
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching .
Its worth watching but is really just typical gangster film with gatherings and meetings and a few kills there and then , if you like de niro which he was good in this you will be inspired to watch but it is really just mean streets thats it the title says it all . Decent watch
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tough and engaging,
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars See it...an absolute masterpiece...really!!!!,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinatingly hatching,
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University Paris Dauphine, University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne & University Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines
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5.0 out of 5 stars review of mean streets,
This review is from: Mean Streets [VHS] (VHS Tape)Mean Streets is a mostly unseen but none the less highly important part of the scorsese canon that stands as a testement to this unique film maker. This story of life in little Italy is virtually plotsless, with only a broad story of Di Nero's character Johny Boys debts moving the film along dramatically. This may be a problem for some viewers as it makes te film very unconventional compared to most hollywood fare. Mean streets is instead concerened wth the many different little incidents and stories that make up life in little italy in new york. The films portrayl of the characters, their clothes, food, casual rascism and attitudes towards religion are perefctly illustrated by the director with his as this stage youthful impetuosity concerning camera movement and the use of music, and of course by getting perfect performences from his talented cast. The deeply persoanl resonance that the film has for the director is mainly illustrated by the religious guilt felt by Harvey Keitels character. This instils the film with the nessesary passion and audience engagement for the central chracter. It may well take several viewings to get the best out of this film and eally apreciate it, but it is well worth it because after these you will be hooked.
4.0 out of 5 stars And the star of the film is....,
5.0 out of 5 stars Scorsese's Inspirational Breakthrough Picture,
At the centre of Mean Streets, of course, is the 'brotherly' relationship between Harvey Keitel's Charlie, local (family) mob member, struggling to come to terms with his feelings of (Catholic) guilt ('I'm doing my own penance for my own sins') over his life-style, and Robert De Niro's bravura turn as Charlie's friend the errant, out-of-control Johnny Boy. Scorsese's depiction of this increasingly fractured relationship is simply brilliant (for me, one of the best in cinema), set as it is within the context of 'family loyalty' in 70s New York, where racial groups don't mix (Italians, blacks, Jews, etc) and everything is flares, kipper ties, sideburns and mullet haircuts. For me, Keitel has probably never been better than here, whilst De Niro's performance is a revelation and only bettered (for me) by that in Raging Bull.
Scorsese's choice of music for his soundtrack is throughout one of the most evocative (and apt) ever (with soul and Motown being particularly well-represented), but it is during the film's opening 15 or 20 minutes, which includes The Ronettes' Be My Baby over the film's titles and The Rolling Stones Jumpin' Jack Flash over Johnny Boy's mesmerising slo-mo bar entrance, that Scorsese surpasses himself. Of course, following Johnny Boy's bar entrance is the great (and largely improvised) scene between him and Charlie as they debate whether or not Johnny has made his weekly mob payment.
In addition to Keitel and De Niro, Amy Robinson is also outstanding as Johnny's cousin and Charlie's guilty romantic secret, the self-confident, but epileptic, Teresa, as are each of Richard Romanus as Michael, the cool mobster given the run-around by Johnny Boy, and David Proval as bar room owner, Tony.
Scorsese's film scores by virtue of its authenticity and dynamism - in fact, it does not have a particularly strong narrative. Other than Charlie's relationships with Johnny Boy and Teresa, its storyline focuses on Michael's increasingly frustrated attempts to recover Johnny Boy's unpaid protection money. Instead, it is a series of superb vignettes, which include: a violent pool-room brawl (to the ironic tune of The Marvelettes' Mr Postman, and the hilarious dialogue, 'What's a mook?'); big cats in a cage 'backstage' in Tony's bar; David Carradine's bar-room shooting; cruising in a car with a couple of homosexuals; the dustbin lid fight; Charlie peeping through his fingers at Teresa; a Vietnam vet's homecoming party and a visit to the cinema (to see Vincent Price in Roger Corman's The Tomb Of Ligeia). Oh, and of course a brilliant ending, something of a forerunner to that of Taxi Driver.
On reflection, I guess one of the most ironic things about Mean Streets is that Scorsese did not win (nor was he even nominated) for the directing Oscar for this film. Nor of course did he win for Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The King Of Comedy or Goodfellas, but instead finally won for the much inferior, 2006's The Departed. That's Hollywood for you!
5.0 out of 5 stars Mean Streets - A Classic,
This review is from: Mean Streets [Blu-ray]  [US Import] (Blu-ray)This is of of my favorite DeNiro movies, A great "Mob" movie, DeNiro is great as always, the car chase at he end is a great climax to the movie!!!
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching .,
4.0 out of 5 stars You don't make up for your sins in church. You do it in the streets, you do it at home.,
A film of significant firsts. It would begin the Scorsese/De Niro relationship that served cinema so well and it laid the foundation for Scorsese's hoodlum filmic empire. Viewing Mean Streets now is an odd experience, for although there are some great things to sample, the piece undeniably seminal in the history of American cinema, it also plays as a pretty straight forward film. There are no surprises in store, the trajectory of characterisations runs true and goes exactly where you expect it too. Had I personally watched it upon release in 1973 I'm sure I would have been a bit more awed, but it very much feels over-rated now, with some critical appraisals of it appearing to pump it up more because of its importance than for any narrative quality.
As Scorsese goes for gritty realism, the story at the core lacks vibrancy. It's only when De Niro (jumping-bean) as borderline nutter Jonny Boy is doing his nutter Jonny Boy thing, does the picture actually perk up. The roll call of characters aren't engaging since they aren't fleshed out, the girl characters are badly written and the key bar-room brawl is very unconvincing. On the outside the picture is ace, opening our eyes to a scuzzy Little Italy, Scorsese a master at portraying an environment he knows so well, but it's all polish with no actual substance underneath. Tech credits are high, camera work, lighting and sound-tracking, all carry the hallmarks of future classics, but these things ultimately avert your gaze from the simplicity walking the streets down below.
Raw and decidedly honest film making, but weighted down by desperately trying to pulse with religious musings, Mean Streets could have been the masterpiece some have made it out to be. It's not, it has weaknesses that we shouldn't be blind too, even if it does showcase some incredible talents that were about to enter the annals of cinema history. 7/10
5.0 out of 5 stars Mean Streets (1973),
This review is from: Mean Streets [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)Mean Streets was Scorsese's first classic and it was the film that opened up Robert De Niro to the film industry. As a film, it's very modern for it's time and it's very well made. On the side of the fact that it's Blu-ray, you can tell the picture has been refined and there are a lot of special features. A must watch for Gangster movie/Scorsese movie lovers and on the whole a very good product.
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