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The Scorsese Picture: The Art & Life of Martin Scorsese

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Stop the film and call the photo lab — they’ve made a dreadful miscalculation. Every shot in The Scorsese Picture: The Art & Life of Martin Scorsese is reproduced in black and white, effectively squandering the access that Advocate critic David Ehrenstein had to director Martin Scorsese’s immense archive of unpublished pictures and production stills. It’s an especially painful compromise on pages featuring banks of images from New York, New York, Scorsese’s salute to ’40s Technicolor extravagance. The text, a windy appreciation intercut with interview snippets, wraps up with an exhaustive filmography; too bad the words are the only colorful thing here. B-

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