A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies
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A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies
In 1994, the British Film Institute commissioned a set of films to mark the centenary of the movies. They would trace the history of several national cinemas, and the BFI's choice for interpreting the history of American film fell to director Martin Scorsese, a longtime champion of film history and preservation. Scorsese's approach to his subject is director-centered, as he examines the tension inherent in the struggle of an artist wishing to make a personal statement against the collaborative nature of films and the commercial pressures of the Hollywood moviemaking factory. Segments… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"For a thorough overview of film history and the art behind films ... can be no better guide than Martin Scorsese"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Film buffs will savor Scorsese's enthusiasm for the medium and his championing of those who remained true to their vision."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Obviously, the man knows his movies."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"Watching this documentary, we not only raise our appreciation for film art in general, but we also better understand Scorsese's vision in particular."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Essential and joyful--a real blast."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"A dizzying and tantalizing skate across the surface of a deep and wonderful lake."
‑ Ben Stephens, culturevulture.net