I just finished watching “A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Movies” which was codirected by Scorsese and Michael Henry Wilson. In one of those odd coincidences I was looking through DVDs at a store and found this one by accident. I’d heard about the film and seen the book and always wanted to see it, but never spent a lot of time looking for it. When I saw it in front of me I had to get it and I’m very glad that I did.
While it is a 3 part series that is over 3 1/2 hours, but it seemed to zoom by. Scorsese talks about his deep love for movies and the movies that influenced him. What is great about it is that he does touch on some of the classics, but what is most interesting are the more obscure films and directors. What I realize as I see more films is that there is an amazing body of work out there that doesn’t get seen very often. Many times the most interesting work is happening in the margins or in the corner of a bigger film. The documentary alos has interviews with directors about their films and filmmaking. It is the beginning of another list of films and directors for me to explore. Scorsese is one of the great directors and is able to translate his deep love of movies very well to the screen in this documentary as well as in every film that he makes.