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A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese... Part 1
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese... Part 1

A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese... Part 1 1995

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A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese... Part 1 1995

72 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Henry Wilson, Martin Scorsese

Film director Martin Scorsese considers the American cinema, divided into short chapters each looking at one aspect of American film, including: the studio system past and present; the question of narrative; technique - both technical and the development of visual literacy specific to films. He also looks at B-movies, films noirs, Westerns, gangster movies and musicals and some of the great figures in American cinema, from von Stroheim and Welles to Kubrick and Cassavetes.

Using as his starting point the film industry's perennial antagonism between art and commerce, Scorsese structures his journey in different chapters, starting with this antagonism which he styles the "Director's Dilemma". He examines strategies adopted by directors for dealing with the problem, first considering the primary role of the "Director as Storyteller", then highlighting the director as "Illusionist", "Smuggler" and "Iconoclast". Under these chapter headings, he features and analyses the works of filmmakers from D.W. Griffith and F.W. Murnau, Jacques Tourneur and Sam Fuller, John Cassavetes and Stanley Kubrick. Illustrated with numerous extracts from a wide range of films, including classics of the silent era (`Intolerance' and `The Crowd') and exemplars of the major American genres: westerns (from `The Searchers' to `Unforgiven'), musicals (Busby Berkeley to `All That Jazz') and gangster films (`Public Enemy' to `Point Blank'). Mould-breaking masterpieces are also saluted, including `Sunrise' `Citizen Kane' and `2001 - A Space Odyssey'.

Directed by

Michael Henry Wilson

Martin Scorsese

Featuring

Frank Capra

Billy Wilder

Gregory Peck

Martin Scorsese

Genres

Documentary

Collection

Century of Cinema Martin Scorsese Documentaries Mark Kermode Introduces

Released

1995

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

Production company

British Film Institute

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A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese... Part 3 1995

The third part of Martin Scorsese's 'personal journey' through American Cinema

73 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Henry Wilson, Martin Scorsese

View A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese... Part 2
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese... Part 2

A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese... Part 2 1995

The second part of Martin Scorsese's 'personal journey' through American Cinema.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Henry Wilson, Martin Scorsese

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