Italianamerican (1974)

Original Title : Italianamerican
Director : Martin Scorsese
Writer : Lawrence D. Cohen
Mardik Martin
Genre : Documentary
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Elaine Attias, Bert Lovitt, Saul Rubin
Photography : Alec Hirschfeld
IMDB ID : 0071680
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Italianamerican (1974) - Martin Scorsese


ÂCatherine Scorsese Herself
ÂCharles Scorsese Himself
ÂMartin Scorsese Himself (uncredited)


Filmmaker Martin Scorsese interviews his mother and father about their life in New York and the family history back in Sicily. These are two people who have lived together for a long time and know each other very well. They have retained individual identities and differing opinions, yet have found a way to live with each other. Both Catherine and Charles Scorsese are fascinating storytellers. There idiosyncrasies are endearing. As they talk, mom makes meatballs and we get the recipe as part of the end credits.


Possibly Scorsese's most touching film, Italianamerican, gives a great background on Italian immigrants and how they made livings in America. It also gives a stylish look at the Italian art of sauce-making that all Italian's will understand. I think I may have enjoyed this film so much because Scorsese's parents reminded me greatly of my own family members. The film also includes a Scorsese short entitled,"The Big Shave." This is a comedic look at a guy who may have over done it a bit with the razor. Overall, a both touching and comedic venture that some might not expect from the man who brought us Taxi Driver. 8 out of ten
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Italianamerican (1974) - Martin Scorsese