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From Publishers Weekly

Ebert, film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, is an unabashed fan of Scorsese, whom he considers the most gifted director of his generation. To prove it, he's compiled his reviews of every Scorsese film—beginning with I Call First in 1967 to his latest, Shine a Light. Along the way, Ebert pays special tribute to five masterpieces, including Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Mean Streets, which he calls one of the source points of modern movies. These three films in particular, Ebert argues, reflect Scorsese's ongoing preoccupation with sex and guilt, themes fueled by a Catholic upbringing and his childhood in New York City's Little Italy. Citing the director's strong collaboration with actor Robert De Niro and screenwriter Paul Schrader, Ebert says all three men seem fascinated by the lives of tortured, violent, guilt-ridden characters, usually men who cannot relate to women, such as Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver or Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull. Of special note are interviews with Scorsese over a 25-year period, in which the director candidly discusses his body of work. (Oct.)
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Ebert, indisputably America’s most prominent film critic, wrote the very first review of a movie by Scorsese, arguably the nation’s foremost director, when he praised I Call First (later renamed Who’s That Knocking at My Door?) after a 1967 festival screening. As Ebert continued to follow the young director’s career, the unlikely affinity of the critic from downstate Illinois for the filmmaker from Manhattan’s mean streets became evident. That connection is on display in this volume collecting Ebert’s contemporary reviews of all of Scorsese’s features as well as a half-dozen recent reconsiderations and 11 interviews conducted over the past four decades. Ebert lavishes expected praise on such acknowledged masterworks as Taxi Driver but evinces less enthusiasm over misfires like Kundun. As demonstrated by the essays in his Great Movies collections, five of which reappear here, Ebert is best writing about works that fully engage him. His enthusiasm and conviction are obvious here; accordingly, this is some of his best stuff. --Gordon Flagg --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226182037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226182032
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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By Brian Litton on October 28, 2008
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As much as Roger Ebert clearly loves the films of Scorsese, he is able to remain objective in his criticism. His writing is easy to read, like talking to a friend. He is able to highlight a theme through all of the films of Scorsese, as a true admirer of movies and their makers. For any fans of Roger Ebert and/or Martin Scorses, this book is wonderful.
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There's not a lot of new writing in this book, which is mostly a
collection of reviews that film critic Roger Ebert has done of movies
directed by Martin Scorsese. But that doesn't mean it's not worth
reading. Ebert is an exceptional writer, even if I don't always agree
with his taste in movies. Reading Ebert's reviews is like listening
to a friend and fellow movie fan discuss what's good and what's not.
He can, like most critics, get too involved in the art of filmmaking
or the technique of shooting a movie, rather than just telling you
whether it's worth seeing or not. But, even in those cases, the
quality of the writing shines through. Ebert is wrong when he says
that "The KIng of Comedy" is not a good film, while later on praising
"The Departed," an overlong movie about corruption in the Boston
Police Department. But part of the enjoyment -- especially if you
have seen the films -- is hearing both Ebert and Scorsese talk about
them and about their relative merits. I give it a definite thumbs up.
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As a lifelong film buff, and an Italian-American, I am drawn to both these talented individuals, appreciate the works of both, and deeply enjoy the insights into Martin Scorsese provided by Roger Ebert. A fascinating educational experience that encourages me to re-read, re-watch, re-visit these masterpieces. Learning something new, each time!
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If you like Scorsese's films, you will most likely enjoy this book. It contains all of Ebert's reviews of his films, and several in-depth interviews with Scorsese. Very enjoyable for Scorsese fans.
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Interesting viewpoint of Ebert on Scorsese's work. Has both his original reviews and new reviews of most works, in addition to interviews and transcripts of joint talks they gave. If you're a movie fan or a Scorsese fan, definitely worth the read. (FYI, runs up through the Departed.)
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A dynamic combination of one of our very best movie reviewers on one of our best film maters. Ebert is able to review Scorsese's contributions to the art of film like no other movie reviewer. Ebert's prose and Scorsese's celluloid--what could be better!
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This book is a must for any serious movie goer. It gives perspective to his movies and a background that is truly interesting. Read it in two days, it was so interesting.
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