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Scorsese by Ebert First Edition Edition

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ISBN-10: 0226182029
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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

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 314 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; First Edition edition (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226182029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226182025
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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