From the Web: Scorsese Talks Film

If you are like me, when Martin Scorsese speaks, you listen. If you are REALLY like me, when Martin Scorsese speaks about film history, you start to salivate and you stare unflinchingly at the screen (for hours on end if need be) until people around you start wondering if you’ve had some sort of stroke.

If that’s the case with you, get ready, because I’ve found 76 minutes and 16 seconds of gold on the internet. Scorsese recently gave the National Endowment for the Humanities 42nd Annual Jefferson Lecture on the subject of Film History and Preservation entitled “Persistence of Vision: Reading the Language of Cinema”…and it’s ALL online…for free! It’s like free film school. (Jesus, how nerdy do I sound?)

If this sounds boring to you, you probably aren’t as big of a nerd as I am. If it sounds awesome, check out the link below to watch it in its entirety…and maybe warn those around you that you aren’t having a stroke, just nerding out for a little bit.

Click here to nerd out and watch Scorsese talk about film via the NEH website.

Also, if you really are into this sort of thing and want to build up your film knowledge without paying for NYU or USC film school, Scorsese produced a pretty awesome DVD awhile back (production wise, it’s a little dated, but the content is great) that is really informative. It’s called A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies and also has a companion book of the same name…I own both of them…’cause I’m a nerd.

And if you are really, really into this sort of thing, there is a 15 episode non-Scorsese related film history series that I watched on Netflix streaming (also available on DVD and otter streaming venues) called The Story of Film: An Odyssey. It’s not American, a little pretentious, and the narrator has an accent/speech pattern that can be a little overbearing at times, but it does a great job at covering some film history that we may not often hear about here in America.

 

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