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American Masters: Martin Scorsese Directs

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American Masters: Martin Scorsese Directs

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
broadcaster:
PBS

We gave it an A

Enthralling: scenes from some of the greatest American movies of our time, including Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and Mean Streets, accompanied by enlightening commentary from their director, Martin Scorsese.

There are also insightful comments about Scorsese and his work from family members, pals, and such collaborators as actor Harvey Keitel, critic-screenwriter Jay Cocks, and film editor Thelma Schoonmaker. (If you’re going to knock Taxi Driver, for example, the Scorsese family’s parish priest offers the perfect pan: ”I told Marty the movie had too much Good Friday; there should be more Easter Sunday.”)

All this, plus scenes of Scorsese shooting his soon-to-be-released film, GoodFellas, which looks absolutely terrific — warm, funny, violent.

”You have to be uninhibited by censorship of any kind,” the director remarks. First-rate television about the cinema.