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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: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #453,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Roger Ebert is the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic from the Chicago Sun-Times. His reviews are syndicated to more than 200 newspapers in the United States and Canada. The American Film Institute and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago have awarded him honorary degrees and the Online Film Critics Society named his Web site (rogerebert.com) the best online movie review site

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Peter Barach on November 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book includes Ebert's reviews of Scorsese's films, more recent reconsiderations of some of the movies, and transcripts of interviews with Scorsese. All of this material is interesting, thoughtful and thought-provoking, and well written. However, the book has been padded with "introduction" chapters that tell you exactly what you'll find in the reviews and reconsiderations, sometimes using almost exactly the same words. This is unfortunate because in effect you will have already read what follows before you read it.

If you haven't seen all of Scorsese's movies, it might lead you to seek out the ones you haven't seen. If you have, it might lead you to follow in Ebert's footsteps and "reconsider" them by watching some of them again.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Smart Aleck on May 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Scorsese by Ebert

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By djsmooth on October 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is filled with insightful and well thought out comments by film critic Roger Ebert, but the real thrills are the revelations revealed to him, and in turn revealed to us, by Mr. Scorsese. I won't give away the things that I found exciting, but it is obvious that Mr. Scorsese trusts and respects Mr. Ebert enough to share a great deal. As an author, it seems as though Mr. Ebert puts himself on the same plateau of Mr. Scorsese ("Scorsese by Ebert"?? Who is he, Cher?). At the end of the day, Mr. Scorsese changed the world of cinema and Mr. Ebert reported on it. This book is still an important read for fans of master class cinema.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. J. McDonald on April 24, 2011
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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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mnr Srm Otto on May 13, 2011
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This book is absolutely awesome. Ebert does extremely well to share with us his perception and opinion of Martin Scorsese and his masterful works. A must read for any film fan!! There is nothing like reading a book by the worlds foremost film critic about the worlds greatest director.
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