A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995)

16 Jan

Since I started the “Story Behind” series I’ve wanted to know more about the history of film. As you know watch older movies regularly, but haven’t really looked into specific time periods or genres. In this documentary Martin Scorcese takes the viewer on a journey showing his love for film. Should you join him on a 225 minute journey?

Once you start watching this you’ll quickly find out that Scorcese is passionate about movies (I wouldn’t be surprised if some would call him a film nerd). At the start he makes clear that this is a personal journey and you hear stories of him growing up and his experiences of watching movies. He goes into his favorite genres, westerns, musicals and of course the gangster movies. He tells about the directors he admires and sometimes meticulously looks at scenes or specific shots even from movies that are not considered classics. It’s clear that all the movies he showed had a profound impact on him and the way he made his own films.

Even though this is a long documentary I could have watched more of it as Scorcese talks with so much passion and knowledge that you just want to learn more. So if you want to know more about the history of cinema this is an excellent documentary to start with.

Score: 9

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