Monday, 22 February 2016

The Great Directors... Martin Scorsese: watchlist

Martin Scorsese. The godfather of American cinema, one of the most influential film directors of all time, and now to top it all off, he’s getting his own feature on this very blog. As I mentioned in my previous post, the idea is to pick a director and watch my way through their entire film catalogue in chronological order. I went with Scorsese because I can't think of any work he's done that I've not enjoyed, I particularly like Italian and Italian-American culture in movies (I've been going to Italian language night classes for almost 2 years), and it's a safe enough bet for actually making this a fun process rather than a slog.

The list below contains his 39 feature films, short films, TV films and documentaries stetching from 1959 to 2013 (I’m only interested in the films, so excluded any TV series like Boardwalk Empire, The Blues, adverts, music videos*, and anything currently unavailable). I’ve only actually seen 12 of the 39, far fewer than I’d realised, so this is a bit of a step into the unknown. The plan is to write a post with little reviews after every 10 film milestone, and a top 5 or 10 at the end depending on how good a director he is. I suspect he’ll be quite good.


What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This? (Short) 1963
It's Not Just You, Murray! (Short) 1964
Who's That Knocking at My Door 1967
The Big Shave (Short) 1968
Boxcar Bertha 1972
Mean Streets 1973
Italianamerican (Documentary) 1974
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore 1974
Taxi Driver 1976
New York, New York 1977

The Last Waltz (Documentary) 1978
Raging Bull 1980
The King of Comedy 1982
After Hours 1985
Mirror, Mirror (Amazing Stories) (TV) 1986
The Color of Money 1986
Bad (Short) 1987
The Last Temptation of Christ 1988
New York Stories (segment "Life Lessons") 1989
Goodfellas 1990

Made in Milan (Short documentary) 1990
Cape Fear 1991
The Age of Innocence 1993
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (TV) 1995
Casino 1995
Kundun 1997
Bringing Out the Dead 1999
My Voyage to Italy (Documentary) 2001
Gangs of New York 2002
The Aviator 2004

The Departed 2006
The Key to Reserva (Short) 2007
Shine a Light (Documentary) 2008
Shutter Island 2010
Public Speaking (Documentary) 2010
A Letter to Elia (Documentary) 2010
George Harrison: Living in the Material World (Documentary) 2011
Hugo 2011
The Wolf of Wall Street 2013


Vinyl 2016
Silence 2016

Vesuvius VI (Short) 1959
New York City... Melting Point (Documentary) 1966
Street Scenes 1970
American Boy: A Profile of Steven Prince (Documentary) 1978
The Neighborhood (Short Documentary) 2001
Lady by the Sea: The Statue of Liberty (TV Documentary) 2004
The 50 Year Argument (Documentary) 2014

*I'm including Bad, the Michael Jackson music video, as I seem to remember that being a short film.

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