The Films of Martin Scorsese 1963-77: Authorship and Context
book review by David Ng
A dizzyingly in-depth investigation of Martin Scorsese’s pre-Raging Bull oeuvre, The Films of Martin Scorsese 1963 – 77 searches for thematic unity starting from his earliest student shorts up to his big-budget debacle New York, New York. The egalitarian approach author Leighton Grist employs, scrutinizing films as diverse as Boxcar Bertha and Taxi Driver with the same critical intensity, may strike some readers as excessively reverent. But Grist, a British film lecturer, sustains a high level of objectivity throughout, eschewing the analysis-through-biography approach so common in literature about Scorsese for a more systematic, cerebral dissection.
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