Despite its nearly four-hour running time, this is a uniquely personal look at movies from one of the late 20th century's great directors and film historians. The film consists of head & shoulder shots of Scorsese speaking into the camera for a minute or two, followed by 10-15 minutes of film clips with Scorsese voice-over. Scorsese approaches the films in terms of how they affected him as a director foremost and as a storyteller/film fan second. Segments include "The Director as Smuggler," "The Director as Iconoclast", and so on. The Journey begins with silent masters like D.W. Griffith and ends in 1969 - when Scorsese began to make films; as he says in closing, "I wouldn't feel right commenting on myself or my contemporaries."Written by
It comes on three tapes, but I could not help watching the whole thing through. Cinematic genius Scorsese shamelessly shares his love of the movies with the viewer. One of the best things about it is that it's just you, him, and a black backdrop, sort of like what Charlie Rose must have seen when he interviewed him. Yes, you will 'know' Scorsese after this. The documentary is so personal that you will feel as though the films spoken of had been recommended by a friend.
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