hoping you spent your time watching this instead of gangster squad
Se si considera che è un esordio il risultato è ottimo. Scorsese comincia ad affrontare le tematiche che svilupperà meglio nei lavori successivi(il peccato e la redenzione, la lotta tra il bene e il male),si avvale di una eccitante colonna sonora e di un Keitel e un De Niro in grande spolvero.La trama stenta a decollare, la sceneggiatura appare un pò frammentata, ma serve a gettare le basi per i suoi capolavori.3*1/2
I saw this over a year ago and i liked it very much. Watched it again today and my love for Mean Streets has grown. It's like, you are with those guys,just within their group. When they are getting into fights in clubs and when they are going around with their special ways, you are there. It has a kind of energy seen in a director's first few films. Charlie's guilt, Johnny Boy's crazy streak. Strongly recommended.
The first "Scorsese" film, this raw semi-autobiographical slice-of-life- contains a knockout performance by De Niro.
In film school it didn't do you any favours to openly dislike Scorsese, but I have to admit I was never quite as enamoured with his work in the way many of my fellow students were. However, revisiting this film last night I found it hard not to admire. Ever since I started teaching Film Studies my appreciation for Scorsese has grown because I see firsthand the excitement his work inspires in the students.
Was he the first to use Steadicam (the soldier's party scene)? Wasn't aware it was even around in '73.
In this movie you see the Scorsese's talent. All the close-up cuts, the ensemble between fight scenes and music, the way he moves the camera between people and actions occurring at the same time, it's all their. However, the story did not catch me at all. Hate Keitel and De Niro roles, the story is always stuck and the film has a poor ending. 70's background? Didn't work for me.
There are a lot of things I like about this movie (the themes, DeNiro, Keitel), a lot of things I hate (the lighting, the sound, Amy Robinson, the over use of music), and a lot of things that I am indifferent to (the story, the rest of the ensemble, the direction). To sum it up, the film suggests greatly of Scorsese's talent here and there, but doesn't quite come together. Still not that bad though.
This does not look or feel like an American film, and that is the greatest tribute I can pay it. Where has this Scorsese gone?
not my favorite Scorsese film. I couldnt really get engaged in it even though there were a few good moments. I got about 75% through it but stopped it. I enjoyed Harvey Keitel and De Niro here, but it wasnt enough to keep me watching it. Harvey's character reminds me a little of the one he played in Scorsese's earlier film: "Who's That Knocking at My Door?"
I'll never forget the scene when Harvey Keitel goes to meet the black dancer for their date and then stands her up. That scene is too real. You'd think it would be different now but it isn't.
Mean Streets remains Scorsese's most deeply personal and autobiographical film, as well as his masterpiece. The immigrant culture of Little Italy and the atmosphere of New York City, the Catholic themes of sin and redemption, and daily urban life all became recurrent themes throughout his entire oeuvre. Plus, the use of street language, radical editing, a rock music soundtrack, and realistic location shooting made Mean Streets not only the most influential independent American film of the 1970s but perhaps the most influential modern American motion picture, in general.
The performances are so engrossing that you don't even notice there isn't a plot to speak of until about a quarter of the way through. Truth be told, that's one of my favorite things about this movie!