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Martin Scorsese In Conversation

After Martin Scorsese delivered the 42nd  Jefferson Lecture in April last year, he sat down for a conversation with Jim Leach, the outgoing Chairman of America’s National Endowment for the Humanities, which conducts the lectures. The following is their record of that conversation.   JIM LEACH: I want to ask you about place, which, of course, […]

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Getting Made: The Making of Goodfellas

There’s gangster films, and then there’s Goodfellas. Scorsese’s opus feels more like a hard hitting documentary than a feature film, such is it’s attention to detail and fearlessness. Violence is depicted with visceral fury and murder is portrayed as all part of the job. A walk through the maze of Henry Hill’s life and times is […]

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Peeping Tom: The Cinema Of The Complicit

Has ever a film had more of a 360 degree critical turnaround than Michael Powell’s 1960 psychodrama, Peeping Tom? Possibly Heaven’s Gate, although at least Powell wasn’t blamed for the perceived ruin of a whole studio. Dilys Powell of The Sunday Times described Peeping Tom as “essentially vicious”. It seemed the director was wilfully flaunting a daring approach, horror as complicit voyeurism, […]

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Documentary: Martin Scorsese Directs

Here’s a treat for you – Martin Scorsese Directs, an hour long film from 1990 by Joel Sucher and Steven Fischler, part of the PBS American Masters series. The in-depth look at the man and his career up to then features numerous contributions from Marty collaborators such as Joe Pesci, Roger Corman, Robert De Niro, […]

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Making The Wolf Of Wall Street

Join Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, screenwriter Terence Winter and director Martin Scorsese, as they reveal the secrets of making The Wolf of Wall Street on this video from The Hollywood Reporter. Thanks to Larry Wright.

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Bickle’s Got Talent? The King Of Comedy

      In this age of television wannabes and quick fix celebs, it is fitting to look back at The King Of Comedy, Martin Scorsese’s prescient examination of the modern age’s obsession with fame, and a film he himself acknowledges as a sequel of sorts to Taxi Driver, another classic misfit story. Both have […]

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Taxi Driver: New York Gothic

Travis Bickle, despite his occupation, is God’s lonely passenger through life, observing but failing to connect with others. It is telling that he informs the garage boss when he applies for a job that he has been riding the trains and buses at night, unable to sleep. He says he will work “anytime, anywhere,” but […]

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Thelma Schoonmaker Cuts To The Chase

Film editors have to walk a tightrope – they must convey the director’s narrative intension without drawing the viewer out of the style and content of the footage shot, yet command attention in a variety of sleight of hand ways; to produce shock, excitement, fascination, pathos. If the director is the eye into the characters […]

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