My Voyage to Italy (2001)
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Movie InfoThe 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 Italia offers Scorsese's perspective on Italian film of the past, chronicling the influence and impact it had on him, as well as the rest of the world. From historical epics like Cabiria (1914) and Fabiola (1949) through neo-realist masterpieces such as Roma, Cittą Aperta (1945) and Ladri di Biciclette (1948) to the masterworks of Luchino Visconti, Federico Fellini, and Michelangelo Antonioni, Scorsese offers a knowledgeable take on Italian filmmaking, offering background on the artists who made the films as well as a perspective on what made these films so special (analyzing their importance both as art and as social and political documents of their place and time). Il Mio Viaggio In Italia was originally produced as a series for Italian television and given a special screening at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival; Scorsese announced at the time that he planned a companion film that would follow his interest in Italian cinema up to the present, investigating a number of lesser-known filmmakers. … More
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Critic Reviews for My Voyage to Italy
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.
All film epochs in other cultures should be so lucky to receive such a celebration.
Firmly establishes the brilliant filmmaker as invaluable an educator as he is a director.
Scorsese's exuberance as a die-hard movie buff is, as always, positively infectious.
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.
If you have any interest in classic Italian films, you'll be in heaven.
If you consider yourself a film buff, you owe it to yourself to check out this work of art.
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.
Its passion is contagious enough to allow you to ignore the film's omissions.
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.
A thrilling trip through six decades of seminal, great and near-great Italian films so dear to the celebrated Sicilian-American filmmaker.
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.
I hope that every movie addict out there drags one unsuspecting friend to this documentary on Italian cinema, lovingly narrated by Martin Scorsese.
Well worth the time, but bringing along a thermos of espresso isn't a bad idea either.
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.More
scorsese's impassioned overview of the landmarks of postwar italian cinema
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.
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