Scorsese on Scorsese Revised Edition

Edited by Ian Christie and David Thompson

Faber & Faber



Trade Paperback

240 Pages


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Now fully updated, Scorsese on Scorsese is the definitive study of America's foremost film director, including new chapters on Kundun, Bringing Out the Dead, the documentary My Voyage to Italy and the epic Gangs of New York.

True to its title, this book offers Martin Scorsese in his own words: a career-length interview in which he recalls his upbringing in New York's Little Italy, and explains the inspiration and creation of his many great movies, from Mean Streets and Taxi Driver, through Raging Bull and The Last Temptation of Christ, up to GoodFellas, Casino and Gangs of New York. The result is an incomparable insight into a body of work that is the most personal achievement in modern American cinema.

Scorsese proves himself to be a terrifically articulate artist, whether recounting the many battles to get his movies made, his supreme passion for the medium of film itself, or the roots of his long-time creative partnership with actor Robert De Niro.

Scorsese on Scorsese also contains a complete filmography, and a wealth of behind-the-scenes stills and sketches from Scorsese's own collection.


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Ian Christie is the author of Arrows of Desire: the Films of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (1985, 1994) and has written and edited four other books about their work. He has organised many retrospectives and played a part in the films' restoration. He is currently Professor of Film and Media History at Birkbeck College, University of London, and a regular broadcaster. David Thompson, a film scholar, has edited or co-edited several titles in the Directors on Directors series, including Scorsese on Scorsese and Levinson on Levinson.
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  • Edited by Ian Christie and David Thompson

  • Ian Christie taught in art schools before working for the British Film Institute in programming, distribution and special projects. He established the Institute's video publishing arm and co-curated a number of exhibitions, including Eisenstein (1998) and Spellbound (1996). His other book include an edited series on Russian cinema, Arrows of Desire: the Films of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, the BFI classic A Matter of Life and Death, The Last Machine: Early Cinema and the Birth of the Modern World and Gilliam on Gilliam. He is a frequent broadcaster about film on BBC Radio and presented a profile, Martin Scorsese: History Man, for BBC4 in 2003. He is currently Anniversary Professor of Film and Media History at Birkbeck College, University of London, and is writing a book about the English film pioneer Robert Paul.

    After graduating from Cambridge University, David Thompson worked in film distribution and exhibition before joining BBC Television as a film programmer. Following The Film Club series, he went on to produce and direct numerous documentaries in arts subjects, including the artists Mark Rothko and Henri Matisse, the writer Anthony Burgess, the composers Aaron Copland and Karlheinz Stockhausen, and such film directors as Jean Renoir, Quentin Tarantino, Milos Forman, Paul Verhoeven, and Robert Altman. He has also programmed films seasons at the National Film Theatre, worked as a freelance journalist, and was the editor of Levinson on Levinson and the author of BFI Modern Classic on Last Tango in Paris.