A fusion of so many schools of cinema can be seen in this one. Overlong in certain places, could've been better with tighter editing. De Niro's acting is a loose cannon in certain scenes without a proper direction from Scorcese. Should've been a better attempt considering he was already five years into his filmmaking career by this point. Nevertheless a good one.
Ist offenbar eine unrestaurierte Fassung. Daher ist der originale englische Ton sehr schlecht, die deutsche Synchronisation ist grausam. Nichtsdestotrotz: Scorsese hat wirklich bessere Filme gemacht als Hexenkessel, dessen Darstellung mitunter in den Klamauk abdriftet.
It's the beginning of Scorsese, De Niro and Keitel finding out their strengths and what would later be the most important people in the film industry. Mean Streets is gritty but just lacks direction and in some respects would be overshadowed by the masterpiece that is Taxi Driver. Some acting feels over the top and plot threads don't actually go anywhere or get explained but perhaps that's the whole point of the city
3.8 La trama non ha niente di particolarmente avvincente, non c'è intreccio ne mistero. E va bene così, perché Scorsese con lo sguardo dell'antropologo e del visionario ( inusuale commistione) ci regala splendide pennellate di una New York e una Little Italy notturna dominata dal nero il rosso e un po' di blu, dove prende vita il violento travaglio interiore, quasi cristiano, di Charlie. Fuoco e acqua
A great deal more jumbled and poorly constructed that I had anticipated - but Scorsese's future as an influential filmmaker does shine through despite the overwhelming flaws. Points for the soundtrack, the key performances, and the gritty cinematography flooded with neon lights and dark shadows.
re-rating. I already liked it a lot, now less because of the clichés that the time extended and that would prove to be a constant in this filmmaker work, who usually disguises it with a hysterical energy. See De Niro's character and acting: unbearable. Nevertheless still prevails a beautiful capacity to film a city, New York in the 70's, that with "Taxi Driver" would become mythological.
Boring, boring, boring. You think, ok it will get better. But it does not. Very difficult to stay tuned; almost unwatchable. Too much overacting. Amateurish fight scenes, all fake. A man who is shot several times continues to fight & makes opponent to retreat. Incredibly bad & laughable. Mr. Scorsese is a very good director and DeNiro & Keitel are fine actors. But here nothing works. Huge disappointment.
Great as a signpost for Scorsese's oeuvre (auteur features) and development of 'lowlife' crime (unlike 'The Godfather') in an authentic Italianamerican diasporic context. However, the script is shoddy, repetitive and overacted. As a result, a suspension of one's disbelief is near impossible. The flair of form is definitely present, but one Scorsese does not hone until 'Taxi Driver', 'Raging Bull' and 'Goodfellas'.