A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies

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A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies
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Film poster
Directed byMartin Scorsese
Michael Henry Wilson [1]
Produced byFlorence Dauman
Martin Scorsese
Written byMartin Scorsese
Michael Henry Wilson [2]
StarringMartin Scorsese
Music byElmer Bernstein [3]
CinematographyJean-Yves Escoffier
Frances Reid
Nancy Schreiber
Edited byKenneth Levis
David Lindblom
Release date
  • 21 May 1995 (1995-05-21) (UK)
  • 6 March 1998 (1998-03-06) (US)
Running time
225 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies is a 1995 British documentary film of 225 minutes in length, presented by Martin Scorsese and produced by the British Film Institute.[5]

In the film Martin Scorsese examines a selection of his favorite American films grouped according to four different types of directors: the director as storyteller; the director as an illusionist such as D.W. Griffith and F. W. Murnau, who created new editing techniques among other innovations that made the appearance of sound and color possible later on; the director as a smuggler such as filmmakers Douglas Sirk, Samuel Fuller, and Vincente Minnelli, who used to hide subversive messages in their films; and the director as an iconoclast, those filmmakers attacking social conventionalism such as Charles Chaplin, Erich von Stroheim, Orson Welles, Elia Kazan, Nicholas Ray, Stanley Kubrick, Arthur Penn, and Sam Peckinpah.


The documentary is structured in segments:

  • Part I
    • The director's dilemma
    • The director as storyteller
      • The Western
      • The Gangster film
      • The Musical
  • Part II
    • The director as illusionist
    • The director as smuggler I
  • Part III
    • The director as smuggler II
    • The director as iconoclast [6]

It was originally shown on television in the UK in 1995.[7]

Films mentioned[edit]

(Roughly in the order of the appearance.)

Part I[edit]

The Director as Storyteller[edit]

The Western

The Gangster Film

The Musical

Part II[edit]

The Director as Illusionist[edit]

The Director as Smuggler[edit]

Part III[edit]

The Director as Iconoclast[edit]


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