Review by Choice Review
A guide that adheres to the high standards established in previous volumes of G.K. Hall's reference series on filmmakers. The customary format is followed: biographical background, critical survey of films, and bibliography of writings about the filmmaker. Having written her doctoral dissertation on Scorsese, Weiss (Hood College) knows her subject intimately. Her analysis of Scorsese identifies the cinematic styles (e.g., realism, expressionism, narrativity) and cinematic themes (e.g., self-reflexivity, violence, images of women, isolation) that recur throughout his work; and she notes how these patterns have been indelibly shaped by his personal experiences. The film synopses, film credits, and annotated bibliography (listed chronologically and cross-indexed by film title and author) are thorough, although they do not include the director's 1986 film, The Color of Money. This guide is recommended for large public libraries and for college and university libraries where film is studied.-J.I. Deutsch, The George Washington University
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