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A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies 

Martin Scorsese describes his initial and growing obsession with films from the 1940s and 50s as the art form developed and grew with clips from classics and cult classics.
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Episode credited cast:
Martin Scorsese ... Himself - Narrator / Host
Allison Anders ... Herself
Kathryn Bigelow ... Herself
Francis Ford Coppola ... Himself
Brian De Palma ... Himself
André De Toth ... Himself
Clint Eastwood ... Himself
Jodie Foster ... Herself
Carl Franklin ... Himself
George Lucas ... Himself
Gregory Peck ... Himself
Arthur Penn ... Himself
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Philippe Collin Philippe Collin ... Récitant / Narrator (French version) (voice)
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Despite its nearly four-hour running time, this is a uniquely personal look at movies from one of the late 20th century's great directors and film historians. The film consists of head & shoulder shots of Scorsese speaking into the camera for a minute or two, followed by 10-15 minutes of film clips with Scorsese voice-over. Scorsese approaches the films in terms of how they affected him as a director foremost and as a storyteller/film fan second. Segments include "The Director as Smuggler," "The Director as Iconoclast", and so on. The Journey begins with silent masters like D.W. Griffith and ends in 1969 - when Scorsese began to make films; as he says in closing, "I wouldn't feel right commenting on myself or my contemporaries." Written by Fred Goodridge

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UK | USA

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English

Release Date:

21 May 1995 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Historia kina amerykanskiego wedlug Martina Scorsese See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,350, 8 March 1998

Gross USA:

$39,075

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,075
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Stereo
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The machine gun spray that comes close to hitting James Cagney as he and Edward Woods turn the corner are real bullets fired by a real machine gun. See more »

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Martin Scorsese - Narrator: "Film is a disease," Frank Capra said. "When it infects your bloodstream... when it takes over as the #1 hormone, it plays Iago to your psyche, and with heroin the antidote to film is more film."
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Features The Public Enemy (1931) See more »

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A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies
12 January 2012 | by MartinTellerSee all my reviews

I was in danger of getting a neck cramp watching this movie, from all the nodding I was doing. Nodding in agreement with Scorsese's observations and especially his choice of films. It might have been called "A Personal Journey Through My DVD Collection" as he touched on many of my personal favorites, too many to start listing. His selection avoids many of the obvious milestones and leans towards the more obscure (although in the DVD era, most of them are widely available and now highly-regarded), especially when it comes to my beloved film noir. His passion is clear, his knowledge is thorough, and his comments are insightful. The documentary flows nicely, although occasionally he dwells on a certain clip or movie for too long. I can't say I learned a lot from this movie, but I did pick up a couple of new titles to check out, and it should be a fantastic intro for blossoming film buffs.


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