This compilation of five early short films by Martin Scorsese offers a fascinating window onto his artistic development. Spanning the years from Scorseseâs time at NYU in the mid-1960s to the late â70s, when he was emerging as one of the eraâs most electrifying talents, Scorsese Shorts centers on the intimate home movie Italianamerican
âa loving snapshot of the directorâs parentsâand American Boy
, a freewheeling portrait of a larger-than-life raconteur. Also included are The Big Shave
, a daringly visceral response to Americaâs involvement in Vietnam, and the bracing student films Whatâs a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This?
and Itâs Not Just You, Murray!
Touching on many of Scorseseâs key themesâItalian American identity, family, his beloved New York Cityâthese are hilarious, candid, and illuminating works from the preeminent American filmmaker of our time.
- New conversation between director Martin Scorsese and film critic Farran Smith Nehme
- New discussion among filmmakers Ari Aster and Josh Safdie and Benny Safdie
- An essay by film critic Bilge Ebiri and various materials from Scorseseâs archive