5 films between America and Italy

The New York director celebrates his 80th birthday this Thursday November 17, 2022. The opportunity for EclaireurFNAC to return to five of his main films inspired by Italy and the United States.

Born November 17, 1942 in Queens, New York, before growing up in the Little Italy neighborhood, Martin Scorsese was often inspired by these iconic places for his films. Through a rich filmography, the Sicilian director has always questioned the Italian-American identity, both through his script, his characters, his favorite actors, his Catholic conception of good and evil, and through the rehabilitations of he. . Of Mean Streets garlic free yourself Passing through wild bull, his roots between the two continents have always been at the center of his work. On the occasion of the director’s 80th birthday, l’EclaireurFNAC he then returns to Scorsese’s most iconic feature films, symbolizing a bridge between the New World and his native Sicily.

Bad Streets (1973)

Martin Scorsese meets Harvey Keitel on the set of Who is knocking on my door in 1967. Six years later, he directed the actor in Mean Streets (1973), feature film set in the Little Italy neighborhood. The film tells the story of two young men, Charlie (Harvey Keitel) and Johnny Boy (Robert De Niro) who try to enter the world of the mafia. If Charlie is lucky enough to have a high-ranking uncle in the network, he takes under his wing a careless and brash young partier, Johnny Boy, who will get him in a lot of trouble. The film was a real hit and was critically acclaimed upon its release. Martin Scorsese then becomes the leading figure of New Hollywood.

Raging Bull (1980)

So it’s on the set of Mean Streets which begins the long and fruitful collaboration between Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro – American actor, naturalized Italian -. In 1980, the director once again relied on the actor for the making of the film wild bullafter directing it into the iconic Taxi driver. If the feature film, winner of the Palme d’Or in 1976, resumed the New York fauna of the 70s, with wild bullMartin Scorsese allows himself a new foray into the diversity of his origins, proposing a biopic to the American boxer of Italian origins, Jake LaMotta.

Goodfellas (1990)

Ten years later, the director returns to New York and with films about the Italian mafia free yourself. Specifically, the feature film traces the rise and fall of Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) and his two acolytes, Jimmy Conway (Robert De Niro) and Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci), faithful Lucchese family. Adapted from the novel Wise boy (1985) by the Italian-American journalist Nicholas Pileggi, the film was a real success. Joe Pesci, one of Scorsese’s favorite actors, who he will meet again later Casino (1995) and The Irish (2019), will also win the Oscar for best supporting actor.

My trip to Italy (1999)

If Martin Scorsese is above all a fiction director, the filmmaker has ventured into documentary since 1999 with My trip to Italy. In this project, Scorsese pays homage to the Italian directors who inspired him such as Roberto Rossellini, Luchino Visconti, Federico Fellini and Michelangelo Antonioni. He also recounts his childhood memories, spent in his neighborhood of Little Italy.

Silence (2016)

In 2016, with Silence, Martin Scorsese immerses us in an unprecedented period film by filming the persecution of Christians in Japan during the 17th century. It is not the first time that Martin Scorsese addresses the Christian faith inherited from his native Italy in his filmography. He had greatly adapted the story of Jesus into The Last Temptation of Christ in 1988, and questioned this issue in New York gangs (2002).

Through an impressive filmography, Martin Scorsese has declined in many ways intimate themes, inspired by his own life. In many of his creations, he questions identity and its duality, both through nationality, as well as religious and moral beliefs. His latest creation The flower moon killers will immerse us in the heart of the Osage Indian tribe in Oklahoma. A new identity raid carried out by Leonardo DiCaprio, expected in 2023 on Apple TV +.

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