Wednesday, November 17, 2010

in the flesh

Now more than ever we need to talk to each other, to listen to each other and understand how we see the world, and cinema is the best medium for doing this.
Martin Scorsese (b. 17 november 1942) director, writer, film historian

the portal list 22 films in scorsese's features filmography - I've seen all but 4, maybe 3 - for the life of me I can't recall seeing after hours, it seems unlikely that I missed the film given that it came out between the king of comedy and the color of money. my enthusiasm of all things martin began in the early 1970s when I saw mean streets and lives to this day.

the 3 films I for sure haven't seen are his first two features (who's that knocking on my door and boxcar bertha) and his latest film, shutter island. I wanted to see shutter island when it came out on the big screen, but I couldn't talk any of my movie buddies into going - which I still find very odd. adding a new item to my bucket list: view all of martin's movies.I wonder if the library has who's that knocking on my door - the film is martin's directorial debut which makes it a good place to start and that it features harvey keitel makes it even more of a must see - few do conflicted, complex characters better than harvey!

scorsese is brilliant, it is hard to identify a favorite. however, if the desire to own is an indication of favoritism, by default I appear to have four: kundun (1997), gangs of new york (2002), the last waltz (1978)* and no direction home: bob dylan (2005)*

*not on the list of 22 as these two titles are music documentaries and speaking of music documentaries, I can't wait until next year when martin's film of george harrison is released!

wall wednesday continues as does the wall. there are two versions of in the flesh in pink floyd's the wall - but only one will be on wall wednesday, they are really dark and heavy tunes.



photo: section of a mural from austin, september 2010 (another piece seen here)

5 comments:

Meri said...

I've seen few of his films, odd for a film buff. I think my general aversion to violence contributes to my reticence. Nice mural, btw.

Alan Burnett said...

Interesting post. But I wonder about the opening quotation. I agree that more than ever we need to talk to each other and interact. But cinema has never seemed to be a particularly good medium for doing this. At the end of the day it tends to be one person talking to us.

Kate Hanley said...

I love Martin Scorsese as well except I wasn't too impressed with Shutter Island. One of my favorites has to be Goodfellas, it's one of the only instances when I've enjoyed voice over in a film. Oh, loved the Health Care rap in the previous post.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

meri - yes martin can go down that road in some of his films - but at least for me the way he uses violence gets me to start thinking critically of the bigger issues that underlie the violence that exists in the world.

alan - i find that a good film can stimulate a great deal of discussion and interaction among people. there are people who only use the cinema to escape, but the potential for film to expand understanding and stimulate interaction is there.

kate - hmmmm, maybe i'm not missing much then by not seeing shutter island... goodfellas is great and you are right on about how effective the technique is in that film

California Girl said...

maybe I'm missing it but who created this fantastic mural and where is it?