Romantic musical drama concerning the struggling careers of a young danceband vocalist and the saxophone player who falls in love with her, during the forties and fifties. –BFI
Martin Scorsese was born in New York City and soon developed a passion for cinema and a particular admiration for neo-realist cinema which inspired him and influenced his view or portrayal of his Sicilian heritage. After graduating from NYU Film School in 1966 and making a number of shorts, he shot his first feature-length film Who’s That Knocking at My Door (1968) with fellow student, actor Harvey Keitel, and editor Thelma Schoonmaker both of whom were to become long-term collaborators. Mean Streets followed in 1973 and provided the benchmarks for the ‘Scorsese style’. After Scorsese directed Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, the trio was reunited for the dark journey of Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver. After New York, New York Scorsese released Raging Bull. The acclaimed biography of middleweight fighter Jake LaMotta was followed by exploration of fans as pariah in The King of Comedy, dark-comic dreams in After Hours and pool sharks in The Color of Money. Scorsese outraged some religious… read more
A lovely mix of old Hollywood and 70s Hollywood. An underrated Scorsese film that I think people weren't ready for this side of him in '77. Deniro is very strong as is Minnelli (my 1st exposure to her outside of Arrested Development) who shines in the latter half of the film that focuses on her.
Mixing the artificial style of 40's musicals with contemporary emotional complexities, Scorsese's edited-down follow up to Taxi Driver is enjoyable but can't overcome its unfocused story due to its improvised and lengthy scenes.