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A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Movies Hardcover – 1 Dec 1997

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  • Hardcover: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books (Dec. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786863285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786863280
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.2 x 25.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,369,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you're a screenwriter, a budding screenwriter, or if you just love movies, this book will make you see film in a different light. From the silent era through to the seventies, from the forgotten-but-great to the classics, no stone is left unturned as Martin Scorsese gives his account of how Hollywood shaped the film industry and - as the title suggests - the director's own career.

Don't think this is a dry history. To all intents and purposes, this is a film course, taught by one of the greatest teachers you could imagine. Scorsese dissects the films he considers the most important in this early period of the movie industry, examining scripts - with short scene extracts - direction, and cinematography. Stills abound. As a masterclass in what makes a movie great, it's unbeatable.

What really shines through is Scorsese's own passion and his love of the medium. He highlights the moments that made him want to be a director and talks about how he felt when he saw these great works unfold on the big screen. And he doesn't focus on one particular aspect. You're as likely to get an analysis of a romance as you are a noir, a western as a Biblical epic. Even if you consider yourself an expert, you'll likely find some movie here to surprise you.

And if you just love film and want to see something great, there's a filmography at the end, which takes you all the way from Douglas Sirk's lush All That Heaven Allows through to William Wellman's gritty Wild Boys of the road.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8c40633c) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c442180) out of 5 stars Highly recommed book to supplement the programme 14 Aug. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is more of a transcript of the 4½ hour long master piece of the documentary, but it's curtainly worth the money. Here you have all the still pictures from the hundreds of film Scorsese comments in his programme. A book for every filmbuffs bookself.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8cb49204) out of 5 stars A Masterclass in Film 19 Nov. 2013
By Mark Chadbourn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If you're a screenwriter, a budding screenwriter, or if you just love movies, this book will make you see film in a different light. From the silent era through to the seventies, from the forgotten-but-great to the classics, no stone is left unturned as Martin Scorsese gives his account of how Hollywood shaped the film industry and - as the title suggests - the director's own career.

Don't think this is a dry history. To all intents and purposes, this is a film course, taught by one of the greatest teachers you could imagine. Scorsese dissects the films he considers the most important in this early period of the movie industry, examining scripts - with short scene extracts - direction, and cinematography. Stills abound. As a masterclass in what makes a movie great, it's unbeatable.

What really shines through is Scorsese's own passion and his love of the medium. He highlights the moments that made him want to be a director and talks about how he felt when he saw these great works unfold on the big screen. And he doesn't focus on one particular aspect. You're as likely to get an analysis of a romance as you are a noir, a western as a Biblical epic. Even if you consider yourself an expert, you'll likely find some movie here to surprise you.

And if you just love film and want to see something great, there's a filmography at the end, which takes you all the way from Douglas Sirk's lush All That Heaven Allows through to William Wellman's gritty Wild Boys of the road.
HASH(0x8d19887c) out of 5 stars A wonderful companion to the DVD. 28 Dec. 2002
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Format: Hardcover
This extraordinary book on the last hundred years American cinema is an exceptionally well written, edited and researched document of the film, without any of the usual scholarly classroom didactics or conceited Hollywood self-congratulatory posturing. Scorsese's humble voice is evident throughout, and it is one of self-confidence, clarity and enthusiasm. The book is a wonderful companion to the DVD.
4 of 40 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8cb512ac) out of 5 stars TYPICAL PICTURE BOOK 11 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
YOU WOULD THINK THE AUTHORS WOULD WRITE SOMETHING. THEY PROBABLY TALKED AND TRANSCRIBED WHAT SCORSESE SAID. YOU FIGURE WITH A GUY LIKE SCORSESE THAT HE WOULD HAVE A LOT TO SAY ABOUT HIS FAVORITE MOVIES AND THE MOVIES THAT INFLUENCED HIM SO MUCH. HE DOES NOT DO THAT IN THIS BOOK. IT IS FULL OF NICE PICTURES, BUT NOT MUCH AS INFORMATION GOES. YOU EXPECT TO LEARN SOMETHING ABOUT THE MOVIES HE LOVES BUT HE DOESN'T GIVE ANY USEFUL INFORMATION. HE PROBABLY THOUGHT THAT IF IT HAD A LOT OF GLOSSY STILLS OF HIS FAVORITE MOVIES THE BOOK WOULD SELL. THE THING IS THIRTY DOLLARS AND NOT REALLY WORTH IT. HE SEEMS TO BE SAYING THE SAME THINGS OVER AND OVER WHEREVER YOU READ ABOUT HIM OR SEE HIM ON TV. HE IS AN EXPERT BUT WHY DOESN'T HE SHOW THAT IN THIS BOOK. IT IS VERY VERY SKIMPY AND UNLIKE HIS MOVIES LACK CONTENT. IF HE SPENT MORE TIME WITH THE BOOK INSTEAD OF HAVING SOMEONE ELSE WRITE IT AND THEN CHECK AND OKAY THE BOOK, THE BOOK MAY HAVE TURNED OUT TO BE SOMETHING OF A GREAT BOOK ON FILM AND FILM HISTORY AS WELL AS THE FIRST GREAT FILM CRITICISM BOOK BY A WORKING FILM DIRECTOR SINCE THE BOOKS OF TRUFFAUT. THIS IS NOT ONE OF THEM. WHAT HE SHOULD DO NOW IS REWRITE THE BOOK FOR THE PAPERBACK RELEASE. THIS BOOK IS NOT WORTH THE WEIGHT.
2 of 36 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8cb51420) out of 5 stars It's kind of corny 16 Feb. 2000
By William Brophy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I was reading it to find out some tips, yet it was a corny book. I didn't like it.
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