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One of the most acclaimed directos of our time, Academy Award nominee Martin Scorsese (Gangs of New York, 2002; Good Fellas, 1990; The Last Temptation Of Christ, 1988; Raging Bull, 1980), directs and narrates this remarkable in-depth look at the careers of great Italian filmmakers and their profound influence on him. With My Voyage To Italy, Scorsese takes the viewer on a fascinating journey highlighting the classics of Italian cinema, from the neorealism of postwar Italy through its transition into opulent period drama and surrealist fantasy. Illuminatd by insightful movie clips and his own impassioned commentary, Scorsese's deeply personal observations offer not only an absorbing lesson in the history of Italian film, but its idrect connection to the best in contemporary filmmaking as well. As inspiriring as it is richly detailed you'll never look at movies the same way again once you've experienced this landmark documentary!
This survey of Italian cinema by Martin Scorsese is a worthwhile follow-up to his 1995 documentary A Personal Journey Through American Movies. Packed with insight and film clips, Voyage covers Italian cinema from World War II through the early '60s, the time that the young Scorsese watched these films before starting his career. The heart of the documentary is the Neo-Realism movement--not the lightest of genres, but Scorsese's passion helps considerably. He introduces us to his family and Sicilian ancestors via photos and home movies allowing us to understand how powerfully these films affected him and his family. He talks about how he saw the films, often through inferior prints on television, and calls out details to observe. The filmmaker spends upwards of 15 minutes on a single film, with the bulk of the history centering on five powerhouse directors: Roberto Rossellini (Open City), Vittorio De Sica (The Bicycle Thief), Luchino Visconti (Senso), Federico Fellini (8-1/2), and Michelangelo Antonioni(L'Avventura).
Scorsese's four-hour-plus survey should come with a college credit for film history. He examines the major films but also spends time on films that may be hard to find on home video (at least at this time): Rossellini's six-part Paisan, a heart-breaking look at the last days of the war; De Sica's episodic The Gold of Naples; Fellini's atypical I Vitelloni, which was a major influence on Scorsese's own Mean Streets; Antonioni's Eclipse with its radical ending; and Rossellini's Voyage to Italy, an examination of a marriage that failed worldwide as a film but was a touchstone for the French New Wave movement. The final results are not as accessible as Personal Journey but, at worst, a viewer will have working knowledge of more than 20 Italian films (and be able to cheat their way through a discussion). At best, these are four hours that will end too soon and leave you hungry to view these films that have fueled Scorsese's cinematic vision. --Doug Thomas
One of a kind! Desperately needs to be re-published. Thanks to Martin Scorcese for sharing his love for Italy and Italian film!
A beautiful voyage!
This is the history of Italian film especially for people who don't appreciate film history class or old Italian filmmakers, that's me. Read morePublished 6 months ago by hazelflagg
This documentary, made by Martin Scorsese, features clips from many Italian films that had a big impact on American cinema. Read morePublished on August 6, 2013 by G. Rogers
This superb documentary by a master filmmaker is unfortunately out of print, but the full film is available at youtube (link in the Comment. Read morePublished on August 9, 2012 by Y.P.
As a first-generation Italian growing up in Toronto, I share many of the experiences that Martin Scorsese highlights in this film about his own childhood growing up as an... Read morePublished on June 14, 2012 by D. Saverino
Apparently My Journey to Italy is now out of print.
I paid $15.00 for this about a year ago.
The list price then might have been, say, around $25.00. Read more
My Voyage to Italy brings us on a personal journey with Martin Scorsese. Scorsese was influenced by his parents and grandparents in a subtle way that shaped the way he viewed... Read morePublished on October 31, 2011 by Richard Brzostek
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... Read morePublished on October 5, 2011 by technoguy