Rating from memory. As an undergraduate I took a course on French and Italian cinema and loved it. A year later I watch this and, while Scorsese's salute to Italy's post-war cinema is certainly earnest, it struck me as four hours spent spoiling as many Italian classics as possible. My advice would be to track down a list of the movies covered and watch them yourself. You don't need Scorsese filtering your experience.
Better than his doc on American film: more structured, more personal, more urgent. You can quibble with some of Marty's analysis, but his chance to go long on Rossellini, Visconti, Fellini, etc. creates an earnest, compulsively watchable message to neophyte American movie buffs: some of your own favorites are informed by international cinema that needn't seem so remote, "pretentious", or impenetrable—so go exploring.
"Il mio viaggio in Italia" paraphrases what Nouvelle Vague filmmakers said about Rosellinni's "Viaggio in Italia" about how little it takes to make a great film, or in this case documentary. Scorsese is an unpretentious narrator, equally accessible when reaching for childhood motives in his work and authoritative when evaluating complexity of Italian filmmaking. All you need is a camera pointed at him.
Heartfelt and nostalgic, albeit aligned with the auteurist romance of visionaries pushing cinema "forward," Scorsese's travelogue often feels more personal than it really is -- that is, there are many more allusions to the profound impact these films have had on him than there are descriptions of what that impact amounted to in his life or his craft. This is cheerleading, but so what? I like this team.
A classic cinema class from a true master. This 4 hour long documentary is Martin Scorsese taking you through several films that have influenced him over the years, that inspired him and made him the great filmmaker he became. Scorsese has a passion for cinema more than probably any of his contemporaries.
An insightful retrospective about italian movies related to the neo-realism period. Martin Scorseses shows his own point of view about the italian films who had inspired him and his work. In a few words we can describe his work on this doc: learning about true cinema.
Loved it. Although any respect for spoilers is pretty non-existent (shows the last scenes of Germany Year Zero, Rome Open City, Umberto D, etc of which I haven't seen). I think i'll try and watch all of the US films featured before watching the American films doc. But yeah, Scorsese is fascinating. He talks like he's speaks hushed in a theater, maybe he is.
Sometimes I need to understand the history of a film before I see it, and this doc does a very good job of introducing Italian cinema- which I never felt particularly close to. Scorsese makes for an excellent narrator too; I really want to adopt him as my granddad.