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A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese

Through American Movies


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A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through


American Movies

Film poster

Directed by

Martin Scorsese
Michael Henry Wilson

Produced by

Florence Dauman
Martin Scorsese

Written by

Martin Scorsese
Michael Henry Wilson

Starring

Martin Scorsese

Music by

Elmer Bernstein

Cinematography

Jean-Yves Escoffier

Frances Reid
Nancy Schreiber

Edited by

Kenneth Levis
David Lindblom

Production

British Film Institute

company
Release dates

21 May 1995 (UK)


6 March 1998 (US)

Running time

225 minutes

Country

UK

Language

English

A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies is a documentary


film of 225 minutes in length, presented by Martin Scorsese and produced by the British Film
Institute.
In the film Martin Scorsese examines a selection of his favorite American films grouped
according to four different types of directors: the director as storyteller, the director as an
illusionist: D.W. Griffith or F. W. Murnau, who created new editing techniques among other
innovations that made the appearance of sound and color possible later on, the director as a
smuggler - filmmakers such as Douglas Sirk, Samuel Fuller, and Vincente Minnelli, who used
to hide subversive messages in their films and the director as an iconoclast, those filmmakers
attacking social conventionalism Charles Chaplin, Erich von Stroheim, Orson Welles, Elia
Kazan, Nicholas Ray, Stanley Kubrick, Arthur Penn, and Sam Peckinpah.
The documentary is structured in segments:

Part I

The director's dilemma

The director as storyteller

The Western

The Gangster film

The Musical

Part II

The director as illusionist

The director as smuggler I

Part III

The director as smuggler II

The director as iconoclast

It was originally shown in three parts on Channel 4 in the UK in 1995.

Films mentioned
(Roughly in the order of the appearance.)
--Part I-The Bad and the Beautiful, 1952, directed by Vincente Minnelli
Duel in the Sun, nicknamed "Lust in the Dust", 1946 Western film directed by King
Vidor,William Dieterle and others
The Girl Can't Help It, 1956 Musical film directed by Frank Tashlin
Bigger Than Life, 1956 directed by Nicholas Ray
Vertigo, 1958 psychological thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock
The Naked Kiss, 1964 neo-noir film written and directed by Samuel Fuller
Murder by Contract, 1958 film noir directed by Irving Lerner
The Red House, 1947 psychological thriller directed by Delmer Daves
The Phenix City Story, 1955 film noir directed by Phil Karlson
Sullivan's Travels, 1941 comedy film written and directed by Preston Sturges
The Crowd, 1928 silent film directed by King Vidor
The Big Parade, 1925 silent film directed by King Vidor
Shadow of a Doubt, 1943 thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, 1939, directed by Frank Capra
The Great Train Robbery, 1903 Western film written, produced, and directed by Edwin S.
Porter

The Musketeers of Pig Alley, 1912, directed by D. W. Griffith


High Sierra, 1941, directed by Raoul Walsh
Colorado Territory, 1949 western film directed by Raoul Walsh (a remake of the 1941 High
Sierra)
Stagecoach (1939), 1939 western film directed by John Ford
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, 1949 western film directed by John Ford
The Searchers, 1956 western film directed by John Ford
The Furies, 1950 American Western film directed by Anthony Mann
The Naked Spur, 1953 American Western film directed by Anthony Mann
The Tall T, 1957 Western film directed by Budd Boetticher
The Left Handed Gun, 1958 American western film and the film directorial debut of Arthur
Penn
Unforgiven, 1992 American Western film produced and directed by Clint Eastwood
Chesty: A Tribute to a Legend, 1971 documentary directed by John Ford
The Public Enemy, 1931 American Pre-Code crime film directed by William A. Wellman
The Regeneration, 1915, directed by Raoul Walsh
Scarface (1932), 1932 American gangster film directed by Howard Hawks (and Richard
Rosson)
The Roaring Twenties, 1939 crime thriller directed by Raoul Walsh
I Walk Alone, 1948 film noir directed by Byron Haskin.
Force of Evil, 1948 film noir directed by Abraham Polonsky
Point Blank, 1967 American crime film directed by John Boorman
Gold Diggers of 1935, 1935 musical film directed and choreographed by Busby Berkeley
Gold Diggers of 1933, 1933 musical film directed by Mervyn LeRoy, staged and
choreographed by Busby Berkeley
42nd Street, 1933 musical film directed by Lloyd Bacon with choreography by Busby Berkeley
Footlight Parade, 1933 musical film directed by Lloyd Bacon with choreography by Busby
Berkeley

Meet Me in St. Louis, 1944 musical film directed by Vincente Minnelli


My Dream Is Yours, 1949 musical and comedy film directed by Michael Curtiz
New York, New York, 1977 musical directed by Martin Scorsese (film mentioned in
connection with My Dream Is Yours)
The Band Wagon, 1953 musical film directed by Vincente Minnelli
A Star Is Born (1954 film), 1954 musical film directed by George Cukor
All That Jazz, 1979 musical film directed by Bob FossePart II-The Cameraman, 1928 silent comedy directed by Edward Sedgwick
The Birth of a Nation, 1915 silent film directed by D. W. Griffith
Death's Marathon, 1913 silent film directed by D. W. Griffith
Cabiria, 1914 Italian silent film directed by Giovanni Pastrone
Intolerance, 1916 silent film directed by D. W. Griffith
The Ten Commandments (1923 film), 1923 silent film directed by Cecil B. DeMille
Samson and Delilah (1949 film), 1949, directed by Cecil B. DeMille
The Ten Commandments (1956 film), 1956, directed by Cecil B. DeMille
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, 1927 silent film directed by F. W. Murnau
Seventh Heaven (1927 film), 1927 silent film directed by Frank Borzage
Anna Christie (1930 film), 1930, directed by Clarence Brown
Her Man, 1930, directed by Tay Garnett
The Big House (1930 film), 1930, directed by George W. Hill
Leave Her to Heaven, 1945 film noir directed by John M. Stahl
Johnny Guitar, 1954 Western film directed by Nicholas Ray
The Robe, 1953 Biblical epic film directed by Henry Koster
East of Eden, 1955, directed by Elia Kazan
Some Came Running, 1958, directed by Vincente Minnelli

Land of the Pharaohs, 1955, directed and produced by Howard Hawks


The Fall of the Roman Empire, 1964, directed by Anthony Mann
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, American television series from 4 March 1992 to 24 July
1993, created and executively produced by George Lucas, directed by Steven Spielberg
2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968 science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick
Cat People, 1942 horror film directed by Jacques Tourneur
I Walked with a Zombie, 1943 horror film directed by Jacques Tourneur
Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948 film), 1948 film directed by Max Ophls, based on the
novella written by Stefan Zweig
Scarlet Street, 1945 American film noir directed by Fritz Lang
Detour (1945 film), 1945, directed by Edgar G. Ulmer
Double Indemnity, 1944 film noir directed by Billy Wilder
Crime Wave (1954 film), 1954 film noir directed by Andr De Toth
Outrage (1950 film), 1950, directed by noted film noir actress and pioneering female
director Ida Lupino
Gun Crazy, 1950 film noir directed by Joseph H. Lewis
T-Men, 1947 film noir directed by Anthony Mann
Raw Deal (1948 film), 1948 film noir directed by Anthony Mann
Kiss Me Deadly, 1955 film noir directed by Robert AldrichPart III-Silver Lode, 1954, directed by Allan Dwan
All That Heaven Allows, 1955, directed by Douglas Sirk
Bigger Than Life, 1956, directed by Nicholas Ray
Forty Guns, 1957 western film directed by Samuel Fuller
Pickup on South Street, 1953 film noir directed by Samuel Fuller
Shock Corridor, 1963, directed by Samuel Fuller
Two Weeks in Another Town, 1962, directed by Vincente MinnelliThe Director as Iconoclast-Broken Blossoms, 1919 silent film directed by D. W. Griffith

The Wedding March (1928 film), 1928 silent film directed by Erich von Stroheim
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang, 1932, directed by Mervyn LeRoy
Hell's Highway (1932 film), 1932, directed by Rowland Brown
Wild Boys of the Road, 1933, directed by William Wellman
Heroes for Sale, 1933, directed by William Wellman
The Scarlet Empress, 1934, directed and produced by Josef von Sternberg
Citizen Kane, 1941, directed by and starring Orson Welles
The Magnificent Ambersons, 1942, directed and written by Orson Welles
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951 film), 1951, directed by Elia Kazan
On the Waterfront, 1954, directed by Elia Kazan
Apache, 1954, directed by Robert Aldrich
Blackboard Jungle, 1955, directed by Richard Brooks
The Wild One, 1953, Directed by Lszl Benedek
Advise & Consent, 1962, directed by Otto Preminger
Paths of Glory, 1957, directed by Stanley Kubrick
I Want to Live!, 1958 film noir directed by Robert Wise
The Man with the Golden Arm, 1955, directed by Otto Preminger
Sweet Smell of Success, 1957 film noir directed by Alexander Mackendrick
One, Two, Three, 1961 comedy directed by Billy Wilder
Bonnie and Clyde, 1967, directed by Arthur Penn
Lolita (1962 film), 1962, directed by Stanley Kubrick
Barry Lyndon, 1975, directed by Stanley Kubrick
Faces, 1968, directed by John Cassavetes
America America, 1963, directed by Elia Kazan
The Grapes of Wrath, 1940, directed by John Ford

External links

Official website

A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies at the Internet
Movie Database

A 133 minute version of the film at the official BFI Films Dailymotion site Retrieved
2011-10-08
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Martin Scorsese filmography

Feature films
directed

Short films
directed

Documentaries

Who's That Knocking at My Door (1967)


Boxcar Bertha (1972)
Mean Streets (1973)
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)
Taxi Driver (1976)
New York, New York (1977)
Raging Bull (1980)
The King of Comedy (1983)
After Hours (1985)
The Color of Money (1986)
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
Life Lessons (segment of New York Stories, 1989)
Goodfellas(1990)
Cape Fear (1991)
The Age of Innocence (1993)
Casino (1995)
Kundun (1997)
Bringing Out the Dead (1999)
Gangs of New York (2002)
The Aviator (2004)
The Departed (2006)
Shutter Island (2010)
Hugo (2011)
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Silence (2016)
What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This? (1963)
It's Not Just You, Murray! (1964)
The Big Shave (1967)
"Bad" (1987)
Made in Milan (1990)
The Key to Reserva (2007)
Street Scenes (1970)
Italianamerican (1974)

directed

Works produced

American Boy: A Profile of Steven Prince (1978)


The Last Waltz (1978)
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995)
My Voyage to Italy (1999)
The Blues: Feel Like Going Home (2003)
No Direction Home (2005)
Shine a Light (2008)
A Letter to Elia (2010)
Public Speaking (2010)
George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011)
The 50 Year Argument (2014)
The Grifters (1990)
Mad Dog and Glory (1993)
Clockers (1995)
The Hi-Lo Country (1998)
You Can Count on Me (2000)
Brides (2004)
The Young Victoria (2009)
Boardwalk Empire (201014)
The Family (2013)
Life Itself (2014)
Revenge of the Green Dragons (2014)
Tomorrow (2015)

Categories:
1995 films

English-language films

Films directed by Martin Scorsese

British documentary films

Documentary films about the cinema of the United States

Documentary films about film directors and producers

History of film

1990s documentary films