Martin Scorsese: He Is Cinema, a Reverse Shot/Museum of the Moving Image monograph with essays on every major Scorsese film, is celebrated with January 29 book signing

January 15-April 23, 2017

Astoria, New York, January 11, 2017 - In conjunction with Martin Scorsese, a major exhibition devoted to the director's life, work, and love of cinema, currently on view in its galleries through April 23, and a comprehensive retrospective featuring all of Scorsese's films, Museum of the Moving Image has published a book in partnership with its online publication, Reverse Shot. Martin Scorsese: He Is Cinema (2017), featuring essays on every Scorsese film by regular contributors to the magazine, was edited by Michael Koresky and Jeff Reichert, co-founders and co-editors of Reverse Shot.

To celebrate its publication, the Museum will host a book signing on Sunday, January 29, after a screening of Raging Bull. The book is available exclusively in the Museum shop ($20).

Most of the essays were originally published in earlier versions on Reverse Shot for a symposium on Martin Scorsese (available online), but new essays have been commissioned for the book, which also features a foreward by Chief Curator David Schwartz and an introduction by Koresky and Reichert. Chapters include Ashley Clark and Imogen Sara Smith on Taxi Driver, Jordan Cronk on Mean Streets, Eric Hynes on Gangs of New York, Koresky on After Hours and Raging Bull, Aliza Ma on Shutter Island, Adam Nayman on Goodfellas and Silence, Max Nelson on New York, New York, Nick Pinkerton on The King of Comedy, Reichert on Italianamerican and The Wolf of Wall Street, Genevieve Yue on Hugo, and many more.

"The publication of Martin Scorsese: He Is Cinema is an important step for the Museum," said Chief Curator David Schwartz. "It marks the beginning of a series of publications in collaboration with Reverse Shot, a forum for some of the most vital voices in film criticism today. It is fitting that the subject of the first Reverse Shot/Museum of the Moving Image book is Martin Scorsese, who has played such a major role in film culture, as a creator, champion of film preservation and restoration, and a great student of film history."

"We've always felt that our symposium approach at Reverse Shot provided the perfect structure for a published monograph series, and we're thrilled to realize this vision with Museum of the Moving Image," said Koresky. "It's particularly gratifying that we're able to launch with a book on Martin Scorsese, whose astonishingly rich and varied career provides no shortage of fodder for good, in-depth criticism, and alongside such a wonderful exhibition."

The Museum has also announced the Scorsese screenings from January 15 through 29. They include Who's That Knocking at My Door; Mean Streets; New York, New York; Taxi Driver; and Raging Bull-all of them set in New York City-some to be introduced by Reverse Shot writers. As part of the retrospective, which will continue through the run of the exhibition, the Museum will also present a selection of restored international films which he has championed and personal appearances by a selection of Scorsese's creative partners, beginning on January 15 with visual effects supervisor Rob Legato, who collaborated with the director on six major films. The January schedule is included below and available online at movingimage.us. Additional screenings and events will be announced as they are confirmed. The retrospective was organized by David Schwartz and Associate Film Curator Eric Hynes. This portion of the retrospective coincides with the wide release on January 13 of Scorsese's latest film, Silence, a historical drama about two Christian missionaries in seventeenth-century Japan (a Paramount Pictures release). (The first part of the retrospective, featuring Scorsese's post-2000 films was presented in December 2016).

Martin Scorsese, the first major exhibition about the director, demonstrates Scorsese's creative and collaborative process. In parallel, it sheds light on how his work is both deeply personal and reflects a profound knowledge and love of cinema. The exhibition, featuring approximately 600 objects, is primarily drawn from Martin Scorsese's private collection, enhanced by items from prominent American and European archives. It was organized by the Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum für Film und Fernsehen, where it originated, and has traveled to venues in Europe and Australia. Martin Scorsese opened at Museum of the Moving Image, the first American venue for the exhibition, on December 11, 2016 and will be on view through April 23, 2017.

Paramount Pictures is a Major Sponsor of the Martin Scorsese exhibition, with additional support from ARRI, Technicolor, HBO, Delta Air Lines, and Moleskin.

 


SCHEDULE FOR ‘MARTIN SCORSESE RETROSPECTIVE,' JANUARY 15-29, 2017
Film screenings take place in the Sumner M. Redstone Theater at Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street), Astoria. Unless otherwise noted, tickets are $15 adults (ages 18+), $11 (seniors and students), $7 youth (ages 3-17), free for Museum members at the Film Lover and Kids Premium levels, and above. Advance tickets for most screenings and events are available online at http://movingimage.us. Ticket purchase includes same-day admission to the galleries.


An Afternoon with Rob Legato, Visual Effects Master
SUNDAY, JANUARY 15, 1:00 P.M.
Running time: 90 minutes. Made possible with support from Technicolor. Rob Legato is firmly established as one of the greatest visual effects supervisors in contemporary cinema. Legato has formed a creative partnership with Martin Scorsese, working together on The Aviator, Shutter Island, The Departed, Hugo, The Wolf of Wall Street, and The Key to Reserva. Using film clips to show some of the unforgettable highlights from his remarkable body of work, Legato will talk about his creative journey, his pioneering use of computer graphics in visual effects, and the astonishing technical and artistic achievements that mark his work.

Mean Streets
FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 7:00 P.M.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 5:00 P.M.
Dir. Martin Scorsese. 1973, 110 mins. 35mm. With Harvey Keitel, Robert De Niro. Some Scorsese trademarks-thugs, rock music, insomnia, kinetic editing, Keitel, and De Niro-come together in Mean Streets, his breakthrough story of a wannabe gangster (Keitel) with more conscience than is good for business. The film synthesized his formative years in Little Italy, and its premiere at the New York Film Festival was a milestone, affirming his status as one of the most gifted American directors of his time.

Who's that Knocking at My Door?
SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 2:30 P.M. Introduced by Reverse Shot writer Justin Stewart
SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2:30 P.M.
Dir. Martin Scorsese. 1967, 90 mins. 35mm. With Harvey Keitel. Scorsese's heartfelt and kinetically charged debut feature-a distinctly New York romance layered with Catholic guilt, a pop soundtrack, and sharp editing-introduced three major talents: Martin Scorsese, Harvey Keitel (in his first credited film role), and editor Thelma Schoonmaker.

Taxi Driver
FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 7:00 P.M.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 7:00 P.M.
Dir. Martin Scorsese. 1976, 113 mins. 35mm. With Robert De Niro, Cybill Shepherd, Jodie Foster, Albert Brooks, Harvey Keitel. Scorsese's dark, dyspeptic view of New York, made all the more menacing by a brassy Bernard Herrmann score, can now be seen as a love letter to the Big Apple in its seedy 1970s glory. Paul Schrader's script, focused on the obsessed loner Travis Bickle, pays homage to The Searchers, a touchstone film for many American directors.

New York, New York
SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2:00 P.M.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 29, 2:00 P.M. Introduced by Reverse Shot writer Max Nelson
Dir. Martin Scorsese. 1977, 164 mins. 35mm. With Robert De Niro, Liza Minnelli. Scorsese's ode to classic MGM musicals and 1940s jazz marked a departure of sorts for him, combining his gritty hard-boiled realism (he had just made Taxi Driver) with a celebration of the surreal artificiality of Hollywood. Minnelli belts out the now-classic title song in a show-stopping finale.

Raging Bull
SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 6:00 P.M.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 29, 5:00 P.M. Followed by a book signing for Martin Scorsese: He Is Cinema by editors Michael Koresky and Jeff Reichert
Dir. Martin Scorsese. 1980, 129 mins. Restored 35mm print. With Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Cathy Moriarty. With Raging Bull, Scorsese turned the boxing movie on its head, forgoing every cliché to create an indelible work of art. In an Oscar-winning role, De Niro is Jake La Motta, whose life story is dramatized with a mix of Shakespearean tragedy and documentary-like realism. Michael Chapman's glistening black-and-white cinematography is one of the glories of contemporary cinema. The Sunday, January 29 screening will be followed by a book signing for the new monograph Martin Scorsese: He Is Cinema, published by Museum of the Moving Image and Reverse Shot.

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Press contact: Tomoko Kawamoto, tkawamoto@movingimage.us / 718 777 6830.

A PDF version of Martin Scorsese: He Is Cinema is available.

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