This is an excellent documentary a good starter kit for anybody looking to explore Italian cinema, specifically the neo realist films of the 40s and 50s and then the cinema of Fellini and Antonioni of the 60s.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.