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A Retrospective

Tom Shone

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Impeccably designed, and copiously illustrated with more than two hundred stills and behind-the-scenes images, this is the definitive celebration of one of cinema’s most enduring talents

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Since his emergence in the early seventies, Martin Scorsese has become one of the most respected names in cinema. Classics such as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Goodfellas are regularly cited as being among the finest films ever made.

‘Basically, you make another movie, and another, and hopefully you feel good about every picture you make. And you say, “My name is on that. I did that. It’s OK.” But don’t get me wrong, I still get excited by it all. That, I hope, will never disappear.’ - Martin Scorsese

Born in New York City in 1942 to Sicilian-American parents, Scorsese spent much of his childhood absorbing the sights and sounds of Little Italy from the balcony of his family’s tenement apartment – music blaring, drunks brawling and neighbourhood kids playing stickball. A lifelong asthma sufferer, he took no part in his friends’ games and instead fell in love with cinema at an early age, crafting intricate storyboards for as-yet-unmade Westerns and Roman epics. This long apprenticeship paid off in 1962 when Scorsese was accepted onto a film course at New York University and immediately attracted attention with a series of quirky and technically accomplished student shorts.

Having made his breakthrough with the gritty Mean Streets (1973), Scorsese outgrew his early reputation as a virtuoso of violence, creating films as diverse as a nineteenth-century literary romance, The Age of Innocence (1993), a dramatization of the early life of the Dalai Lama, Kundun (1997), and a 3D children’s fantasy, Hugo (2011).

This lavish retrospective is a fitting tribute to a remarkable director, now into his sixth decade in cinema and showing no signs of slowing up. Leading film writer Tom Shone draws on his in-depth knowledge and distinctive viewpoint to present refreshing commentaries on all twenty-three main features, from the rarely shown Who’s That Knocking at My Door (1967) to the latest release, The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), as well as covering Scorsese’s notable parallel career as a documentary maker.

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'A glory to leaf through … excellent text … Tom Shone, a film critic worth reading whatever aspect of the industry he talks about'
Clive James, Prospect

'A beautiful book'
The Times

'The definitive celebration of Scorsese's illustrious career at the helm of film making'
Hungry Eye Magazine

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 29.0 x 25.0 cm

Extent: 288 pp

Publication date: 29 September 2014

ISBN: 9780500517529

Contents List

Introduction • The Early Years • The Movies • Who’s That Knocking at My Door? • Boxcar Bertha • Mean Streets • Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore • Taxi Driver • New York, New York • Raging Bull • The King of Comedy • After Hours • The Color of Money • The Last Temptation of Christ • Goodfellas • Cape Fear • The Age of Innocence Casino • Kundun • Bringing Out the Dead • Gangs of New York • The Aviator • The Departed • Shutter Island • Hugo • The Wolf of Wall Street • The Documentaries • Rewind/Fast forward • Filmography • Acknowledgments, Select Bibliography and Picture Credits

About the Author

Tom Shone was the film critic of the Sunday Times from 1994 until 1999, when he moved to New York. His articles have appeared in many newspapers and periodicals, including the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Times Literary Supplement, Intelligent Life, Areté and Vogue. He is the author of Blockbuster: How Hollywood Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Summer, In the Rooms and Scorsese: A Retrospective, the last also published by Thames & Hudson. He currently teaches film history and criticism at New York University.