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My Voyage to Italy

My Voyage to Italy (2001)


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The son of Italian-American parents who had a strong pride in their national heritage, filmmaker Martin Scorsese grew up watching Italian films with his family, and while he contends that the American cinema was always the most important to him, he also has many powerful memories of the classic period of the Italian cinema (the early '40s to the late '60s). A companion piece to his earlier documentary series A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Movies, Il Mio Viaggio In

Jul 6, 2004

Miramax Films

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Directed, co- written and narrated by Scorsese, it's a deeply personal love letter to Italian cinema -- to his family, to the power of film to illuminate and change our lives.

June 10, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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All film epochs in other cultures should be so lucky to receive such a celebration.

October 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Firmly establishes the brilliant filmmaker as invaluable an educator as he is a director.

October 18, 2001
Hollywood Reporter
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Will forever change and deepen the way you look at cinema.

October 12, 2001 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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A don't miss one for so-called film buffs.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Scorsese's exuberance as a die-hard movie buff is, as always, positively infectious.

July 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Scorsese's documentary becomes less a clip show and more a private diary about exploring his Italian heritage and widening our horizons through world film.

July 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

If you have any interest in classic Italian films, you'll be in heaven.

July 15, 2004

If you consider yourself a film buff, you owe it to yourself to check out this work of art.

July 10, 2004 Full Review Source:

Along with providing perceptive insights, Scorsese speaks about the personal influences Italian films have had on him throughout his life, making this Voyage particularly fascinating.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Its passion is contagious enough to allow you to ignore the film's omissions.

May 25, 2002 Full Review Source:

Leave it to Martin Scorsese to make a four-hour documentary on Italian cinema that doesn't feel like a glorified on-screen film studies course.

January 3, 2002 Full Review Source:

A thrilling trip through six decades of seminal, great and near-great Italian films so dear to the celebrated Sicilian-American filmmaker.

December 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

From the neo-realism of De Sica to the circus surrealism of Fellini to the glacially paced whatever-ism of Antonioni -- it's all here.

October 30, 2001 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

I hope that every movie addict out there drags one unsuspecting friend to this documentary on Italian cinema, lovingly narrated by Martin Scorsese.

October 25, 2001 Full Review Source: IFilm

Well worth the time, but bringing along a thermos of espresso isn't a bad idea either.

October 25, 2001
New Times

A love the movies...passionate, reckless and beautiful.

October 22, 2001 Full Review Source:

Voyage, like 8 1/2 to Fellini, is Scorsese's pure expression of love for a constantly evolving cinema.

October 8, 2001 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Audience Reviews for My Voyage to Italy

I admire Martin Scorcese's dedication to film and acknowledgement of neo-realism's influence on his work. This review will introduce Italian cinema to a wider audience and increase appreciation even for the most dedicated cinephiles. While Scorcese's discussion covers the neo-realists (Rossellini, De Sica, Visconti, Fellini, Antonioni), it emphasizes Rossellini's work. Granted, Rossellini is the progenitor of the 'movement,' but this tribute spent half of its four hour duration on one director. Personally, I don't see 'Voyage to Italy' as the turning point for new cinematic opportunities. Visconti and Fellini were also pushing the boundaries in their works. Also, Antonioni's early neo-realistic work is not even mentioned. But, this is Scorcese's opinion and view of these milestone films, not mine. The purpose of this documentary is achieved ~ You are seduced and motivated to experience these amazing films in their entirety and form your own opinions.
March 12, 2010

Super Reviewer

scorsese's impassioned overview of the landmarks of postwar italian cinema
on youtube:
September 25, 2009
Stella Dallas

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Good Doc on the impact of classic Italian cinema.
February 28, 2007

Super Reviewer

Scorsese presents a fascinating documentary of his personal highlights of Italian cinema. Watching Scorsese talk about the first time he saw these films growing up in New York and the influence they have had on him is a joy. With the depth he goes into about these films and the amount of lengthy clips shown, you can feel his passion for these films and the eagerness he has to share them with today's generation of young film lovers.
A new favourite of mine in the documentary genre, it's made me want to check out more work from the likes of Rossellini, Fellini and Antonioni.
March 31, 2009
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