Italy / USA, 2001 (MIFF 2002, Documentaries)
Director: Martin Scorsese
If Martin Scorsese never made another movie, he could unquestionably sustain a career as one of the greatest ever teachers of film. This is an epic masterclass on how to watch films, how to interpret a director's intentions, how to enjoy cinema. Scorsese takes us to back to his Sicillian roots, treating us to a tour of modern Italian cinema.
"Scorsese's superb, monumental My Voyage to Italy began in his parents' Little Italy living room in the late 40s when his Sicilian immigrant family gathered around its new TV on Friday nights to watch Italian movies. He tells us that were it not for this weekly ritual, he would have been "a very different person and a very different filmmaker."
"From his highly personal perspective he provides consistently fresh and illuminating insights for viewers having their memories renewed by generous glimpses of one acknowledged masterpiece after another ... All film epochs in other cultures should be so lucky to receive such a celebration ... My Voyage to Italy is consistently enthralling." - LA Times
Martin Scorsese (born in New York, 1942) is one of the most renowned and widely respected filmmakers of our era. Notable titles in his prodigious output include Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas (1990), Cape Fear (1991), Casino (1995) and Kundun (1997).