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« on: December 04, 2004, 07:43:06 PM »
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Turner Classic Movies Presents:

Scorsese On Scorsese
On Inspiration
On Family
On Experiences
On Hollywood
On Stories
On Directing
On Movies
On Life
On Influences
On Actors
On New York

TCM presents the world premiere of Scorsese on Scorsese (2004), a feature-length documentary by acclaimed critic and film historian Richard Schickel in which producer-director Martin Scorsese reflects upon his life and career. Developed from an in-depth, five-hour interview conducted by Schickel, the documentary uses family photos and home movies to explore Scorsese's Italian-American heritage and his formative years in New York's Little Italy. Most importantly, Scorsese discusses his work on many of his signature films, with generous clips from each movie.

After establishing himself by vividly creating the macho world of Mean Streets (1973), Scorsese notes, that he turned to Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) to prove that he could direct a story told from a female perspective. He reveals that it was "the anger, the rage, the loneliness" of the Robert De Niro character that drew him to Taxi Driver (1976), while a desire to escape from the "pageant" formula of Hollywood's typical Biblical spectacle led him to direct The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), which portrays a Jesus who "lived in the real world."

All of his films, Scorsese says, reveal a struggle to define the nature of heroism. With this insightful new documentary and three full-length Scorsese masterworks - The Last Waltz (1978), Raging Bull (1980) and New York, New York (1977) - TCM offers an intimate overview of the career of an outstanding American filmmaker.

On Tuesday, December 14 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT
Followed by Raging Bull at 11:30 PM ET/8:30 PM PT

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A Dinner For Five Special: Scorsese Meets Favreau

Friday December 10 at 10 PM (ET/PT) on IFC

In a special edition of IFC's Original Series, creator/host Favreau has one of America's greatest filmmakers all to himself. It's a night of must-see Marty, including a special Dinner For Five and a behind-the-scenes documentary about Scorsese's latest film The Aviator.
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« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2004, 11:12:49 PM »
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yeah i was going to mention both of these as they are both set to Tivo.
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« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2004, 10:20:57 AM »
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Sweetness.
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« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2004, 10:33:57 PM »
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pleasant little watch, but i'm pissed that they covered fuckin cape fear and kundun but skipped casino and bringing out the dead - i dunno maybe richard schickel felt goodfellas and taxi driver covered it but that seriously sucked - otherwise, yeah it was good.  i could listen to him talk all day.
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« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2004, 10:39:27 PM »
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pleasant little watch, but i'm pissed that they covered fuckin cape fear and kundun but skipped casino and bringing out the dead - i dunno maybe richard schickel felt goodfellas and taxi driver covered it but that seriously sucked - otherwise, yeah it was good.  i could listen to him talk all day.


I couldn't understand how they skipped Casino either, especially considering the car bomb scene in the film opened the documentary. Yea, I enjoyed it. Scorsese can talk for hours and I'd listen. It seems like anyone in film, Scorsese is just the most interesting to hear just talk about film. Everything feels so personal and alive when he speaks about it.

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« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2004, 11:53:02 PM »
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I enjoyed this as well, much more than I did the Dinner for Five special, which was just OK. I thought it was nice to hear him discuss The King of Comedy and Kundun, which you don't hear nearly enough about. With that said, I was also disappointed that they didn't touch on Casino and Bringing out the Dead.
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« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2004, 12:29:15 AM »
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I enjoyed this as well, much more than I did the Dinner for Five special, which was just OK. I thought it was nice to hear him discuss The King of Comedy and Kundun, which you don't hear nearly enough about. With that said, I was also disappointed that they didn't touch on Casino and Bringing out the Dead.


I actually liked the Dinner for Five special more because I felt different questions were being asked to bring up different topics. After having seen his documentaries on other films, read the book Scorsese on Scorsese and all, the Dinner for Five special felt a little different. The TCM doc felt like a lot of things I already heard, but very fun to watch nonetheless. I don't know because I'm sure someone could quiz me really good on what was so revealing about that special and I really couldn't pin point it, but it came across to me as that.

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« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2004, 01:59:24 AM »
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I enjoyed this as well, much more than I did the Dinner for Five special, which was just OK. I thought it was nice to hear him discuss The King of Comedy and Kundun, which you don't hear nearly enough about. With that said, I was also disappointed that they didn't touch on Casino and Bringing out the Dead.


I actually liked the Dinner for Five special more because I felt different questions were being asked to bring up different topics. After having seen his documentaries on other films, read the book Scorsese on Scorsese and all, the Dinner for Five special felt a little different. The TCM doc felt like a lot of things I already heard, but very fun to watch nonetheless. I don't know because I'm sure someone could quiz me really good on what was so revealing about that special and I really couldn't pin point it, but it came across to me as that.


I actually just found Jon Favreau kind of annoying during the special. With only one guest, he was exposed a bit more than he typically is on his show.

I actually haven't read Scorsese on Scorsese yet, although I hope to borrow it from a friend when he's finished with it and I'm done reading Bergman on Bergman (and done with this semester of school).
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« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2004, 03:10:15 AM »
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I enjoyed this very much.  Scorsese is really good at articulating the themes of his films and a very vibrant storyteller, which comes through in his filmmaking.  i'm really glad they did 'kundun' because i have never seen this before.  i'm actually upset that they didn't cover 'after hours', because i do find it to be a very complex, surreal, nightmarish film and possibly his best post 'raging bull' film, so i wanted to hear his take on it.  but yeah, i could have done without the 'cape fear' and 'gangs of new york' segments.

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« Reply #9 on: December 15, 2004, 03:49:06 AM »
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I thought it was put together nicely. I was overjoyed when they showed  the tv commercial he was in and he talked about it. I love that commercial.  



I missed a little bit of it here and there but I was smart enough to tape it. It's all good.
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« Reply #10 on: December 15, 2004, 01:14:54 PM »
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i'm only about 1/2 way through this, (up to king of comedy), but so far there hasnt really been anything i didnt already know.  so, well put together and i can listen to him talk all day, BUT its a pretty brief overview (as has been pointed out even skipping certain films), and really not asking  him any new questions.  i know NYNY sucks but they could atleast talk about how/why it failed for a minute or two.

edit: okay, finished this tonite.  yeah, it was totally watchable but not in depth enough.  like the woody allen: a life in film doc i watched a few weeks ago, these are really just primers for the uninitiated.  if you've read anything on them before or seen them in other interviews theres just not much new to learn here.  id rather have seen the full 5 hour interview i think.
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« Reply #11 on: December 15, 2004, 08:49:31 PM »
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I missed a little bit of it here and there but I was smart enough to tape it.


You and me both 'cause, according to the TCM schedule, it will not repeat again this month.
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« Reply #12 on: December 31, 2004, 12:24:02 PM »
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which sucks cause I thought it was no big deal that I missed it. I thought everything was like Mtv and HBO nowadays where it's easy to catch up cause they replay every day.

 

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