Henry Hill grows up in the 1950s, in a Brooklyn neighbourhood where Italian-American gangsters walk tall in the streets, commanding the respect of their peers. Young Henry dreams that one day he too might be a professional 'wiseguy' - a 'goodfella'. His wishes come true with remarkable speed once he teams up with renowned hoodlum Jimmy Conway and his alarmingly psychotic pal Tommy DeVito. Henry embarks on an everyday life of crime which takes him from rags to gaudy riches, in and out of the federal penitentiary and under the unwelcome spotlight of the FBI. As the 1970s turn sour Henry finds himself at the sharp end of the cocaine trade, increasingly adrift from his extended mobster 'family' and forced to make a tough decision about his future. The film that re-established Martin Scorsese's eminence among American directors after years of professional difficulties, 'GoodFellas' is a tour de force which lays bare the crude and venal motives which drive a happy band of thieves and murderers.
More than 150 years after its original publication, BARTLETT'S FAMILIAR QUOTATIONS has been completely revised and updated for its eighteenth edition. BARTLETT'S showcases a sweeping survey of world history, from the times of ancient Egyptians to present day. New authors include Warren Buffett, the Dalai Lama, Bill Gates, David Foster Wallace, Emily Post, Steve Jobs, Jimi Hendrix, Paul Krugman, Hunter S. Thompson, Jon Stewart, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, Barack Obama, Che Guevara, Randy Pausch, Desmond Tutu, Julia Child, Fran Leibowitz, Harper Lee, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Patti Smith, William F. Buckley, and Robert F. Kennedy. In the classic BARTLETT'S tradition, the book offers readers and scholars alike a vast, stunning representation of those words that have influenced and molded our language and culture.
Martin Scorsese's current position in the international film community is unrivaled, and his name has become synonymous with the highest standards of filmmaking excellence. He is widely considered America's best living film director, and his Taxi Driver and Raging Bull appear frequently on worldwide surveys of the best films of all time. Here, in the first biographical account of this artist's life, Vincent LoBrutto traces Scorsese's Italian-American heritage, his strict Catholic upbringing, the continuing role of religion in his life and art, his obsessive love of cinema history, and the powerful impact that the streets of New York City had on his personal life and his professional career. Meanwhile, the filmmaker's humble, soft-spoken public persona tells only part of the story, and LoBrutto will delve into the other side of a complex and often tortured personality. Scorsese's intense passion, his private relationships, his stormy marriages, and his battles with drugs and depression are all chronicled here, and, in many cases, for the first time. In addition, the book includes an interview with the director, as well as filmographies cataloging his work as a director, producer, actor, and presenter. As his Best Director award at the 2007 Oscars clearly demonstrated, Scorsese has become something like Hollywood royalty in recent years, finally enjoying the insider status and favor that eluded him for most of his career. But these recent developments aside, Scorsese is also notable as a distinctly American type of artist, one whose work-created in a medium largely controlled by commercialism and marketing-has always been unmistakably his own, and who thus remains a touchstone of artistic integrity in American cinema. In Martin Scorsese: A Biography, readers can examine not only the work of one of the form's genuine artists, but also the forces that have propelled the man behind it.
Martin Scorsese is one of the world's great filmmakers, and a genuine auteur. A follow up to The Films of Martin Scorsese, 1963-77, this book covers his work from The Last Waltz to Bringing Out the Dead. Central is the detailed, theoretically informed discussion of all of the Scorsese-directed features released during this period, which, for Scorsese, was marked by both considerable artistic achievement and a shifting and at times uncertain relationship with the Hollywood film industry. Filmic discussion is correspondingly situated in relation to a range of forces and developments – institutional, but also of larger historical reference – that shape the films and Scorsese's authorial discourse. Another stimulating demonstration of sustained textual analysis, The Films of Martin Scorsese, 1978-99 presents an extended critical affirmation of the continuing pertinence of the concept of film authorship and illuminates Hollywood cinema from the late 1970s to the turn of the millennium. Like its predecessor, the book is about authorship and context. Discussion of the films is founded upon a combination of formal, psychoanalytic, and ideological approaches.
"As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster. " - Henry Hill in Goodfellas Provides a brief background to the "gangster" movie genre and includes excerpts from key reviews of the film. Includes biographies of key cast and crew and describes the cultural context in which the movie was made. Examines the production, key scenes, themes and techniques used in making the movie. Go behind the scenes with the ultimate film guides and get the bigger picture. Discover how Martin Scorsese's gangster movie draws on a repertoire of cinematic elements to create a movie that has widely been accepted as a classic and established Scorsese as a film artist. Find out how Scorsese has created a style which resurfaces throughout his career and how this was influenced by a biographical element. Consider the importance of film style and key scenes, and learn how the film engages the audience by the use of narrative. Understand what role lighting, camera shots and music had on building the scene and the subsequent emotions. Read about the decisions behind casting Ray Liotta in the role of Henry and what Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci brought to the film. Includes short biographies of Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Paul Sorvino, Lorraine Bracco, and the director Martin Scorese, Dr. Colley included information about the production, the critical response and a bibliography of books having to do with the movie. Written in an accessible style, Goodfellas is excellent reading for the movie fan and film student alike. Dr. Iain Colley is a freelance writer
For over four decades, Martin Scorsese has been the chronicler of an obsessive society, where material possessions and physical comfort are valued, where the pursuit of individual improvement is rewarded and where male prerogative is respected and preserved. Scorsese has often described his films as sociology and he has a point: his storytelling condenses complex information into comprehensible narratives about society. In this sense, he has been a guide through a dark world of nineteenth century crypto-fascism to a fetishistic twentieth century in which goods, fame, money and power are held to have magical power. Author of Tyson: Nurture of the Beast and Beckham, Ellis Cashmore turns his attention to arguably the most influential living film- maker to explore how Scorsese envisions America. Greed, manhood, the city and romantic love feature on Scorsese's landscape of secular materialism. They are among the themes Cashmore argues have driven and inform Scorsese's work. This is America, as seen through the eyes of Martin Scorsese and it is a deeply unpleasant place. Cashmore's book discloses how, collectively, Scorsese's films present an image of America. It's an image assembled from the perspectives of obsessive people, whether burned-out paramedics, compulsive entrepreneurs, tortured lovers, or celebrity-fixated comedians. It's collected from pool halls, taxicabs, boxing rings and jazz clubs. It's an image that's specific, yet ubiquitous. It is Martin Scorsese's America.
More than ever in this completely updated edition, The Elements of Expression helps word users "light up the cosmos or the written page or the face across the table" as they seek the radiance of expressiveness—the vivid expression of thoughts, feelings, and observations. Nothing kills radiance like the murky, generic language dominating today's talk, airwaves, and posts. It tugs at our every sentence, but using it to express anything beyond the ordinary is like flapping the tongue to escape gravity. The Elements of Expression offers an adventurous and inspiring flight into words that truly share what's percolating in our minds. Here writers, presenters, students, bloggers—even well intentioned "Mad Men"—will discover language to convey precise feelings, move audiences, delight and persuade. No snob or scold, the acclaimed word-maven Arthur Plotnik explores the full range of expressiveness, from playful "tough talk" to finely wrought literature, with hundreds of rousing examples. Confessing that we are all "like a squid in its ink" when first groping for luminous expression, he shines his amiable wit on the elements leading, ultimately, to language of "fissionable intensity."
The Ultimate, Unofficial Guide to the Oscars, Golden Globes, Critics, Guild & Indie Honors
Author: Thomas O'Neil
Category: Performing Arts
A comprehensive listing of the winners in all categories for thirteen major film awards, including the Oscars, Golden Globe, New York Film Critics Circle, Los Angeles Film Critics, and many other awards, from 1922 to 2003, featuring a detailed list of more than six thousand winners, along with a host of facts and trivia, scandals, controversies, surprises, and more than two hundred photographs. Original.
This companion to the Silver Plaque-winning Starz/Encore documentary series of the same name is the third instalment of the books that were declared unquenchable entertainment value! by Kirkus Reviews. The Directors, Take Three offers dozens of masterful insights on the craft of directing from such renowned filmmakers as Robert Altman, Wes Craven, Alan Parker, Tim Burton, Steven Spielberg, and Barry Levinson. Here are details of their experiences making a variety of classic films from Nashville to Nightmare on Elm Street, Rain Man to Raging Bull, and Pee Wee's Big Adventure to Schindler's List. You'll discover directors' earliest reactions to scripts for films that became classics; how legendary scenes were staged and shot; behind-the-scenes stories of the unknown actors who landed major roles and went on to become superstars; the underdog films that confounded expectations; directors' unique approaches to their art; and much, much more. This magnificent series also includes each director's filmography, complete listings of major awards, and cast credits for every film discussed. A fabulous source of insights, anecdotes, and industry secrets for film buffs everywhere! - Features
In this book, Andrew J. Rausch examines the creative output of director Martin Scorsese and actor Robert De Niro: from their initial offering, Mean Streets, to their most recent film together, Casino. Rausch looks at their relationship as individual artists who combined their talents to create cinematic magic, including the recognized classics Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and GoodFellas.
Author: Norman Snider,F. X. Feeney,George Hickenlooper
Category: Performing Arts
The first screenplay in Exile's new Silver Screen Series. The volume contains the original screenplay by Norman Snider, photographs from the film, an introduction, Q&A and more!CASINO JACK follows Jack Abramoff, the central figure in the biggest American scandal since Watergate. Abramoff was a political operative who had worked the back alleys of Republican administrations around the globe from Nicaragua to Angola with the likes of Oliver North. His story, in many ways, is that of the Bush era. Motivated by an odd mix of fundamentalist religion and kitsch movie culture, he may well be regarded by history as the era’s most dramatic figure. This true story starts with Abramoff’s arrest by the FBI in Los Angeles in 2005 and the Mafia-style murder of the Florida casino owner Gus Boulis in Ft. Lauderdale. We then go back to the time of George Bush’s inauguration in 2000 which Abramoff celebrates with the powerful House Leader, Tom DeLay, who envisions single party rule in America.To that end, DeLay initiates his K Street Project, whereby industries and associations will only be able to hire Republicans such as Abramoffas lobbyists. Aided by DeLay’s former spin doctor, a glib and Machiavellian ex-surfer from Delaware, Abramoff gains a multi-million-dollar fortune lobbying on behalf of dodgy Asian sweatshop owners and the gullible Indian casino proprietors. Wining and dining the big players in Washington, Abramoff is determined to found a political and business empire.To this end, he uses his connections to force Boulis, a corrupt and violent casino operator, to sell his gambling boats. Enlisting a mob-connected buddy, Adam Kidan, to help him destroy Boulis, Abramoff finds himself in a world of Mafia assassins and labyrinthine deception, putting his life and that of his family at risk.