Scorsese by Ebert

Scorsese by Ebert


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Roger Ebert wrote the first film review that director Martin Scorsese ever received—for 1967’s I Call First, later renamed Who’s That Knocking at My Door—creating a lasting bond that made him one of Scorsese’s most appreciative and perceptive commentators. Scorsese by Ebert offers the first record of America’s most respected film critic’s engagement with the works of America’s greatest living director, chronicling every single feature film in Scorsese’s considerable oeuvre, from his aforementioned debut to his 2008 release, the Rolling Stones documentary Shine a Light.

In the course of eleven interviews done over almost forty years, the book also includes Scorsese’s own insights on both his accomplishments and disappointments. Ebert has also written and included six new reconsiderations of the director’s less commented upon films, as well as a substantial introduction that provides a framework for understanding both Scorsese and his profound impact on American cinema.

"Given their career-long back-and-forth, this collection makes perfect sense. . . . In these reconsiderations, Ebert invites us into his thought processes, letting us see not just what he thinks, but how he forms his opinions. Ebert’s insights into Scorsese are terrific, but this book offers the bonus of further insights into Ebert himself."—Time Out Chicago

"Ebert, film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, is an unabashed fan of Scorsese, whom he considers ‘the most gifted director of his generation.’ . . . Of special note are interviews with Scorsese over a 25-year period, in which the director candidly discusses his body of work."—Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226182032
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 09/15/2009
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,191,945
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Roger Ebert is the Pulitzer Prize–winning film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times. Starting in 1975, he cohosted a long-running weekly movie review program on television, first with Gene Siskel and then with Richard Roeper. He is the author of numerous books on film, including The Great Movies, The Great Movies II, and Awake in the Dark: The Best of Roger Ebert, the last published by the University of Chicago Press.


Table of Contents

Foreword, by Martin Scorsese

Part 1: Beginning
            I Call First

            Who’s That Knocking at My Door

            Woodstock: An Interview with Martin Scorsese & Company
            Boxcar Bertha
            Mean Streets
            Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
            Taxi Driver
            An Interview with Martin Scorsese and Paul Schrader
            New York, New York
            The Last Waltz
Part 2: Achieving
            Raging Bull
            The King of Comedy
            Scorsese: King of Romantic Pain
            After Hours
            The Color of Money

            The Last Temptation of Christ
            Scorsese’s Last Temptation
            New York Stories: “Life Lessons”
            Martin Scorsese and His “New York” Story

Part 3: Establishing
            Why GoodFellas was the Best Film of 1990
            Cape Fear
            The Age of Innocence
            The Innocence of Martin Scorsese
            De Niro, Pesci, Scorsese Tell a Shocking Mob Story in Casino
Part 4: Reflecting
            Wexner Center for the Arts Interview

Part 5
: Venturing
            Scorsese Learns from Those Who Went before Him
            Bringing Out the Dead
            Bringing Out Scorsese
            Gangs of New York
            Gangs All Here for Scorsese

            The Aviator
Howard's End: Scorsese and the Aviator

            No Direction Home: Bob Dylan

            The Departed

            Shine a Light

Part 6: Masterpieces

            Mean Streets

            Taxi Driver

            Raging Bull


            The Age of Innocence


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Scorsese by Ebert 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
squeakjones on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Scorsese at first seems like a compilation of Roger Ebert's various interviews and reviews concerning the man and his work. And it is that: if you're simply looking for a collection of reviews of Scorsese's movies, from debut WHO'S THAT KNOCKING AT YOUR DOOR to last year's SHINE A LIGHT documentary on the Rolling Stones, well, I guess this book will have served its purpose.But that's not all. It's also a close examination of the best that movies can aspire to, and what goes into achieving that. It's about the childhood memories that are burned so deeply into our souls that we have have no choice but to leave the faintest of traces on all that we touch. It's a celebration, and for Ebert it's a chance to explore the sparks to see just how it is that they ignite his soul.But it is also, perhaps first and foremost, about the movies.The title says it all: this isn't an objective look at Martin Scorsese the Film Director. This is a very personal, subjective book about how Marty, both in person and in his films, has affected Roger over the course of his professional life. He constantly refers to Scorsese as the greatest living American Director, and while I do agree with that statement, the beauty of the book is that it doesn't feel at all like its job is to convince me - it just wants me to know how and why they happen to work for Ebert. In the process of this, however, you get a thorough examination of each Scorsese's films, including in some instances reconsiderations that act as a counterpoint to Ebert original reviews (all of which are included) as well as a series of longer essays compiled under the heading of "Masterpieces" which are culled from Ebert's excellent Great Movies series.What Ebert has done is to bring the director's films to life in a way that makes watching them somehow more vibrant, more alive. Which is something I'll definitely be doing sooner rather than later.
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CiaG More than 1 year ago
This account of the movies of Martin Scorcese keeps the interest of any reader who is interested in the ins and outs of movie-making as well as those who just love these movies and this incredible director. Who better to evaluate the art created by this Scorcese than this Movie Critic? Ebert's analysis of the motivations behind Scorsese, his reminders of the great shots and scenes, the insight into the detailed and street-trained mind behind these really captures the readers' imagination...putting them center do Scorsese's movies. The Introduction by Scorsese was a delight...even his refusal to be worthy of so much credit....which, of course he is. This book has broadened my movie-watching experience and made it even more enjoyable. I am so looking forward to Scorsese's use of scenes, lighting and DiCaprio's dramatic looks in Shelter Island and being able to see it through new eyes!
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