- ISBN 9780500517529
- 29.00 x 25.00 cm
- With over 250 illustrations
- First published 2014
Since his emergence in the early seventies, Martin Scorsese has become one of the most respected names in cinema. Classics such as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Goodfellas are regularly cited as being among the finest films ever made.
‘A glory to leaf through … excellent text … Tom Shone, a film critic worth reading whatever aspect of the industry he talks about’ Clive James, Prospect
See the full review by Clive James in Prospect Magazine
‘A beautiful book’ – The Times
'Impeccably designed, and copiously illustrated with over 250 stills, family photographs and behind the scenes images, this book is the definitive celebration of Scorsese's illustrious career at the helm of film making, and one of cinema's most enduring talents' - Hungry Eye Magazine
‘Basically, you make another movie, and another, and hopefully you feel good about every picture you make. And you say, “My name is on that. I did that. It’s OK.” But don’t get me wrong, I still get excited by it all. That, I hope, will never disappear.’
Impeccably designed, and copiously illustrated with more than two hundred stills and behind-the-scenes images, this is the definitive celebration of one of cinema’s most enduring talents.
Born in New York City in 1942 to Sicilian-American parents, Scorsese spent much of his childhood absorbing the sights and sounds of Little Italy from the balcony of his family’s tenement apartment – music blaring, drunks brawling and neighbourhood kids playing stickball. A lifelong asthma sufferer, he took no part in his friends’ games and instead fell in love with cinema at an early age, crafting intricate storyboards for as-yet-unmade Westerns and Roman epics. This long apprenticeship paid off in 1962 when Scorsese was accepted onto a film course at New York University and immediately attracted attention with a series of quirky and technically accomplished student shorts.
Having made his breakthrough with the gritty Mean Streets (1973), Scorsese outgrew his early reputation as a virtuoso of violence, creating films as diverse as a nineteenth-century literary romance, The Age of Innocence (1993), a dramatization of the early life of the Dalai Lama, Kundun (1997), and a 3D children’s fantasy, Hugo (2011).
This lavish retrospective is a fitting tribute to a remarkable director, now into his sixth decade in cinema and showing no signs of slowing up. Leading film writer Tom Shone draws on his in-depth knowledge and distinctive viewpoint to present refreshing commentaries on all twenty-three main features, from the rarely shown Who’s That Knocking at My Door (1967) to the latest release, The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), as well as covering Scorsese’s notable parallel career as a documentary maker.
Tom Shone was the film critic of the Sunday Times from 1994 until he moved to New York in 1999. He is the author of two books, Blockbuster: How Hollywood Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Summer and In the Rooms. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the TLS, Intelligent Life, Areté and Vogue. He currently teaches film history and criticism at New York University.