The very first full-length documentary on Scorsese offers an invaluable look at how he was perceived by his colleagues, and himself, in 1977. Catching Scorsese while while he was in post-production on New York, New York and editing The Last Waltz, British filmmaker Peter Hayden gets the manically hyper Scorsese to comment on his youth, his relation to his lead characters, and most importantly, his approach to direction. The doc doesn’t quite move at the pace of Scorsese’s revved-up speed-talking, but it does offer some real insight into his productivity in the 1970s, thanks to an impressive array of talking heads. Included are Scorsese’s collaborators Jay Cocks, Mardik Martin, Brian De Palma, Steven Prince (who co-produced this doc), and his mentor John Cassavetes. Also the performers, who discuss his working methods in detail — Jodie Foster, Liza Minnelli, and, of course, Robert De Niro.
Director: Peter Hayden.
Writers: Peter Hayden, Chris Ranger
Note: Another holy grail rescued from oblivion, folks, this is as big as it gets, Marty Scorsese! Several people to thank here, first and foremost a MASSIVE thank you to collector friend Neil who taped this insanely rare documentary from when it aired on Sky TV in the early 1990s and sent it to me few days ago so I could share it here with all of you, Neil, please give a little kiss to your VCR when you can, from me and everyone watching this, you’re the man! Secondly I would like to thank Matthew B. for requesting this on the Requests page, honestly I had never heard of this before until I saw Matthew’s comment, that’s when I started looking up some info about it see if I could find it, at first I thought it was just going to be another one of those impossible to find titles that I will have to add to the Wanted list but then Neil made possible the impossible, simply amazing. Last but not least I would like to thank my dear friend and long time rarefilmm supporter Ed Grant for the nicely written synopsis/review of the film. Enjoy everyone! Please spread the word. Thank you, love you guys.
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