Scorsese by Ebert

Scorsese by Ebert

Book - 2008
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Roger Ebert wrote the first film review that director Martin Scorsese ever received--for 1967's I Call First , later renamed Who's That Knocking at My Door --creating a lasting bond that made him one of Scorsese's most appreciative and perceptive commentators. Scorsese by Ebert offers the first record of America's most respected film critic's engagement with the works of America's greatest living director, chronicling every single feature film in Scorsese's considerable oeuvre, from his aforementioned debut to his 2008 release, the Rolling Stones documentary Shine a Light.

In the course of eleven interviews done over almost forty years, the book also includes Scorsese's own insights on both his accomplishments and disappointments. Ebert has also written and included six new reconsiderations of the director's less commented upon films, as well as a substantial introduction that provides a framework for understanding both Scorsese and his profound impact on American cinema.

"Given their career-long back-and-forth, this collection makes perfect sense. . . . In these reconsiderations, Ebert invites us into his thought processes, letting us see not just what he thinks, but how he forms his opinions. Ebert's insights into Scorsese are terrific, but this book offers the bonus of further insights into Ebert himself."-- Time Out Chicago

"Ebert, film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times , is an unabashed fan of Scorsese, whom he considers 'the most gifted director of his generation.' . . . Of special note are interviews with Scorsese over a 25-year period, in which the director candidly discusses his body of work."-- Publishers Weekly

Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2008
ISBN: 9780226182025
Call Number: 791.4302 Sco79e
Characteristics: xvi, 297 p. ; 24 cm


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Apr 15, 2019

one of my favorite directors, written about by my favorite film critic.

Apr 28, 2018

If this was the only book regarding film-maker Martin Scorsese, I'd give it more than 2.5 stars. But it isn't. And it suffers by comparison to the definitive Scorsese examination: Conversations with Scorsese by Richard Schickel (4 stars.)

If you really care about Roger Ebert's thoughts on movies--as opposed to Martin Scorsese's views--then this is the book for you.

I'd rather learn more from the master himself (Schickel's book) and read a book with less repetition (in this one, Ebert sometimes includes THREE entries on certain films. Enough, already!

Mar 29, 2010

This book really took me back in time. Most of the films' reviews are form the time they were first released. the interviews are in real-time and that just pulls you back 20 years as though you're there experiencing the late 60, the 70s, and 80s. It was remarkable. It made me nostalgic for a time in which I never existed.

More importantly, this book provides background and context for the life in which Scorsese created movies. It provided me with info about Scorsese that I never knew and that helped me better understand his films.

It is not a Biography and yet there are some biographical elements to the book. It contains a collection of original and reconsidered movie reviews that contain insight and understanding that will make you want to see the movies or make you want to revisit them with a fresh and informed eye.


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