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My Voyage to Italy (2001)

Cast: Martin Scorsese, Martin Scorsese
Director: Martin Scorsese, Martin Scorsese
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Studio: Miramax
Genre: Documentary, Biographies, Film
Languages: English, Italian
Subtitles: English
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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 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. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Ratings

My Voyage to Italy (Disc 1 of 2) (2001)
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8.22 (27 votes)
My Voyage to Italy (Disc 2 of 2) (2001)
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8.42 (26 votes)

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Best Intro by Basil918 December 16, 2004 - 4:59 PM PST
0 out of 1 members found this review helpful
This is a superp introduction to Italian cinema, with shrewd and loving commentary from a great filmmaker and passionate enthusiast. Rather than feeling that the films under review suffered from exposed plot lines and revelations of the endings, I found my interest in many films sharpened. For me, the only frustration is that several films have not yet been released on DVD. Beyond the documentary's stated goal of opening up the world of Italian cinema at its zenith to new audiences, this documentary also indicates how films at their adventurous best can occupy a central role in the lives of some viewers. It's a ringing affirmation of art. Now if only a similar doc existed for French New Wave, Dogma, Hong Kong action, screwball comedies of the 30s, and all the other great genres and movements.

The Director as "Spoiler" by talltale July 4, 2004 - 7:47 AM PDT
3 out of 6 members found this review helpful
MY VOYAGE TO ITALY, Martin Scorsese's paean to Italian cinema of the 1940s-60s, is certainly an interesting documentary--successful in some ways and shockingly not so in others. Scorsese clearly loves the films he talks about and shows us. His comments are wonderfully sharp, full of insight and caring. If you already know these movies, you'll experience them again, often with an expanded knowledge and appreciation. The problem comes if you do NOT already know the film at hand. Scorsese often shows so much of each movie, including sometimes its ending, that he is able--via superlative choices and cutting--to bring out a surprising amount of the film's content and emotion. I was hugely moved by some of this--so much so that I feel I have experienced the heart of each of these films and don't particularly want to sit through them again. This goes directly against what Scorsese says he wants to do, which is to interest viewers in discovering these fine movies. The films that I have already seen, I have now experienced again--and beautifully--through this director's eyes. But the ones I have not seen have been ruined, in a sense, by his overexposure. The surprise of discovering plot, character and all the rest has been taken away from me. While I have renewed admiration for Scorsese as a critic and director, I still wish that I had not seen this film.

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