GOODFELLAS: MARTIN SCORSESE INTERVIEWED (1990) – by Gavin Smith

2018-02-15T19:32:20+00:00February 15th, 2018|CINEMA|

by Gavin Smith Gavin Smith: What was it that drew you to the GoodFellas material? Martin Scorsese: I read a review of the book; basically it said, "This is really the way it must he." So I got the book in galleys and started really enjoying it because of the [...]

IMAGISM AND MARTIN SCORSESE: IMAGES SUSPENDED AND EXTENDED – by George P. Castellitto

2018-02-15T19:01:33+00:00February 15th, 2018|CINEMA|

Scorsese's technique of "freezing” objects generates a particular method of cinematic exposition in which characters and objects are portrayed in a moment between movement and non-movement; this “moment” is the bridge between potential behavior and stasis. The "thing” is frozen or suspended on the screen, and the possibility of either stasis or experience emerges from this momentary suspension.

TAXI DRIVER (1976) – Review by Michael Dempsey [Film Quarterly]

2018-01-27T17:15:37+00:00January 27th, 2018|CINEMA|

In Taxi Driver, New York City is a steaming, polluted cesspool and Travis Bickle’s cab a drifting bathysphere from which he can peer at the “garbage and trash” which obsess him: whores, pimps, junkies, wandering maniacs, maggotty streets, random violence.

Mean Streets: Everyday Inferno – Review by Pauline Kael

2019-08-12T21:33:52+01:00January 11th, 2018|CINEMA|

Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets is a true original of our period, a triumph of personal filmmaking. It has its own hallucinatory look; the characters live in the darkness of bars, with lighting and color just this side of lurid. It has its own unsettling, episodic rhythm and a high-charged emo­tional range that is dizzyingly sensual.

GOODFELLAS (1990) – Review by Pauline Kael

2017-08-18T14:33:02+01:00August 18th, 2017|CINEMA|

by Pauline Kael Martin Scorsese’s GoodFellas has a lift. It’s like Raging Bull, except that it’s not domineering. It’s like Raging Bull made in a jolly, festive frame of mind. It’s about being a guy and guys getting high on being a guy. In the Nicholas Pileggi book Wiseguy, which [...]

Raging Bull: Interview with Martin Scorsese (1981) by Michael Henry

2019-10-13T09:32:53+01:00July 31st, 2017|CINEMA|

This interview took place in Paris during the night of February 11-12, 1981. A translation of "Nuit blanche et chambre noire" from Positif, April 1981. Translated by Peter Brunette. by Michael Henry HENRY: Robert De Niro brought you Juke La Motta's autobiography when you were preparing Taxi Driver. What attracted [...]