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A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (3 Discs) (1995)

Martin Scorsese (narrator) , Martin Scorsese , Michael Henry Wilson  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Martin Scorsese (narrator)
  • Directors: Martin Scorsese, Michael Henry Wilson
  • Writers: Martin Scorsese, Michael Henry Wilson
  • Producers: Florence Dauman
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: LIONSGATE
  • DVD Release Date: January 30, 2012
  • Run Time: 226 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305941122
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,605 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (3 Discs)" on IMDb

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Legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese shares his personal view and knowledge of the films, directors and actors that have shaped the world's most popular art form.

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77 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Love for Cinema August 12, 2001
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
This may be the single-best tool you could ever study to understand how one great cinematic mind realized its vision. Scorsese is selfless; he shows us how his vision came to be. Most directors would rather us not see how their illusions are created; Scorsese's purpose is the complete opposite.
This set includes three video cassettes (75 minutes apiece). He begins by focusing on the American Western, an understandable starting place as the American Western is arguably the most indigenous genre Americans can lay claim to. The most enlightening section from this section was his analysis of three John Ford movies, starring John Wayne. Scorsese's purpose was to show how the Western, along with Ford, grew more complex in three decades. As he says, "Same Director, Ford. Same star, John Wayne. Same setting, Monument Valley." However the image of the black-and-white cowboy-and-Indian hero of "Stagecoach" is a contrast between Ford's later "The Searchers," where Wayne's character Ethan Allen is "richer, more complex," Scorsese says. He IS richer and more complex -- a frightening hero. Scorsese's point is made: that cinema is ever expanding, the pallete becoming ever more complex, that filmmakers grow themselves. The second half of tape-1 focuses on gangster films; Scorsese was in territory he loved here. His study of the gangster film's development from "The Musketeers of Pig Alley" through Howard Hawkes's "Scarface," to Francis Ford Coppola's "Godfather" epic is an education in the development of American cinema itself.
The second tape is my favorite. Scorsese focuses on films you might not have heard of, but films that are achievements in American cinema: films that touched him.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful Movie Commentary by The Master September 12, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
Equally fascinating for the film novice and scholar alike, Martin Scorsese provides us with an uniquely personal view of American cinema. This thoroughly fascinating video series will intrigue all those who are open-minded enough to learn from the broad vartiety of films which Scorsese has selected. This is a far cry from pretentious film school fare. Scorsese is equally comfortable discussing B-films as well as the more established classics. If you love American movies, you positively MUST own this boxed set. If you're new to film study, these tapes will help you to fall in love with film. An extraordinary delight.
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant, Unpretentious Film Teacher May 13, 2001
I don't know if Marty Scorsese teaches at New York University's Film School anymore. If he doesn't, it is a huge loss to the school. Here is a man, who if he weren't one of the world's top film directors, could have had an equally eminent career as one of the great film teachers of all time. Scorsese tells us that this is his highly personal collection of American film which had a profound influence upon him as a filmmaker. With this one qualifying statement, he then shows us film clip after film clip with his accompanying commentary about exactly what was so important to filmmakers about each film and how it influenced him.

His delivery is casual, unpretentious, friendly and approachable. Hubby and I have watched this series several times and learned a great deal from it even though we thought we already knew a great deal. Since these are Scorsese's personal choices, naturally some films that we would have liked to have seen discussed aren't here. He's made it clear from the start though that you are sharing his journey; he is not sharing yours. Hard to see how you can go wrong with this series even if you disagree with every one of his choices since there is so much for the inquiring mind to discover from him.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Master Directors Vision October 17, 2002
For those of us who admire and study one of the true maestros of American film, this set is priceless! Going through Martin Scorsese's own chronologic recollections of the films, directors, cinematographers etc., that influenced his thinking and sensibilities, one is left with a sense of having been with him thorough this development. What a treat!
Understand that, just like his films, Scorsese covers a topic from his own, now recognizable perspective. He says, "I can't be objective here ...", right off the bat. The very title denotes the vision is "Personal...". It's Scorsese's vantage point. He makes no bones about that. I love that he doesn't even try to be global and universal on any of it. Isn't that what we love about a Scorsese film? He has a personal vision on what he experiences and shares it honestly, openly and candidly. And isn't that what a director does? Nobody does it like Scorsese.
I say: Thanks for sharing those thoughts with us Maestro Scorsese. What a personal pleasure it is having your notes on all those great films, on the era, on the cinematic technology, on the concurrent cinematic history that runs throughout, for another exposure to the Scorsese views and visions. Bravo, Maestro!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a perfect film about film in America
This is a perfect film about film in America. What started film and how film has progressed over time. And who better to tell us of this then Martin Scorsese. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Special Rip-Off Edition
EDIT: I wrote customer service about the problems this set has and they refunded my purchase despite being a few days past the deadline. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kevin Beissel
4.0 out of 5 stars The education of a film genius...
If you want to know which films influenced cinema giant Scorsese, as well as hear him explain it in his own words, then you'll love these DVDs.
Published 6 months ago by The Dude
4.0 out of 5 stars should have been one disc.
Three discs for no reason, this is a tv series done with some good insights, but I feel the production was just okay. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jimmy Palmiotti
3.0 out of 5 stars Great documentary that is marred by a recurring, unresolved tech error...
A wonderful, in depth review of American film, written and narrated by Martin Scorsese. Disc one was my favorite, the most intriguing of the three. Read more
Published 9 months ago by JM Blackie
5.0 out of 5 stars Going to the movies with Martin Scorsese
This DVD was totally enjoyable. Martin Scorsese sharing his passion for movies and talking about the point that he felt it was time to jump in and start directing. Read more
Published 17 months ago by William E. Bradley
1.0 out of 5 stars Part 2 really is defective!
I thought other reviewers had just had bad luck with this set. NOPE! My second disc (part2) is screwed up in several places not the least of which is 5 missing minutes toward the... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Trying To Help
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Overview of American Film
I remembered finding this quite interesting, like film class standard, back in the late 90s. However, now owing it, it's really only somewhat interesting, at best. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Red Wood
2.0 out of 5 stars IMPERFECT TAPE NUMBER 1.
Published 21 months ago by Arthur J. Ross
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazon should step up to the plate!!!!!
Amazon should step up to the plate and refund, replace or at least credit customers who purchased the defective 2 disc version of this great documentary. Read more
Published 24 months ago by rarebear
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