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Marvelous. Almost Startling.
on May 27, 2011
In our vulgar era, when the word "Celebrity" has been entirely divorced from "Worthy of Being Celebrated", Richard Schickel's Conversations with Scorsese is more than a damn good read; it's a restoration. What's being restored to our Access Hollywood-drenched culture is the notion art comes from inspiration, yes, but also hard work, seriousness of purpose, and intelligence. The line where Scorsese explains why he had to make Mean Streets just grabbed me. That's what art is--taking the truth of someone's life and expressing it, not in a navel-gazing way but as a way to touch upon something universal in the human condition.
Would just also add that Schickel's knowlege of film and filmmaking is right up there with Scorsese's well-know encyclopedic mind. "You know that 1928 film by Joe Blow from Prague?" "Oh, yeah, I loved that film." "The colors in it were amazing." "Yeah, that second act when the green tugboat is going up the gray Danube." "Kind of a silvery gray." "Fantastic." (Completely made-up dialogue to illustrate a point. No extra charge!)