History of American Cinema

7.53 h 45 min1995PG-13
Martin Scorsese describes his initial and growing obsession with films from the 1940s and 50s as the art form developed and grew with clips from classics and cult classics.
Martin ScorseseMichael Henry Wilson
Martin ScorseseAllison AndersKathryn Bigelow
English [CC]
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Rod SeversonReviewed in the United States on April 28, 2018
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Great documentary...
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If you're a cinemaphile like me, you must watch this movie. Martin Scorsese does an excellent job of dissecting all
the various genre's of movies and the technological advances as film making progressed...
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RescuepetsruleReviewed in the United States on April 22, 2021
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rather 1 sided but good
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Actually I liked the info here but when Scorsese spoke, all I could think was "Why doesn't he pull the hairs between his eyebrows- he looks ridiculous."
Rhonda MorrisonReviewed in the United States on January 15, 2020
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Dull and boring
shawn rayReviewed in the United States on April 19, 2019
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Martin Scorsese is not only a director, he is a teacher. Love to listen to him talk about film.
Alexis J.Reviewed in the United States on April 21, 2018
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I really enjoyed this approx. 4 hour documentary on film history! Scorsese, being my favorite film director, I was naturally inclined to see it!
The content in it overlapped with an American Film History course (Film 6A) that I took at UCLA about 2 years ago with Film Historian Jonathan Kuntz.
10/10. Certainly do recommend to any film lover!
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Mr. Jeff A. NelsonReviewed in the United States on February 27, 2018
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A Personal Journey Through American Film by Martin Scorsese.
SrHallerReviewed in the United States on September 3, 2018
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Invaluable to film students and movie buffs
This series that Martin Scorsese made in the middle 1990s is an invaluable tool to film students. This series will teach you not just how to analyze a film's subtext and what it means and says but it will give you a whole new catalog of films to watch and enjoy them. Scorsese will show you HIS story through American Cinema and what he learned watching it. I've learned one very important thing in movie making if Martin Scorsese is talking you listen. You will definitely learn something.
This series is not just for students of film but for everyone. If you know nothing at all about the process Scorsese makes it easy for you to understand. By the end, you will at least be entertained and probably will go pick up a few of the movies that are shown in this documentary. It is a wonderful documentary series. Probably one of the best I have ever seen on the subject of movies in America.
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