|Title:||My Voyage to Italy|
|06.15.07||Netflix|| Kind of an Italian corrolary to his earlier Personal Journy through American Cinema doc, this 4-hour movie explores Scorsese's favorites of Italian cinema. A sliver of my brain hoped this would somehow include a little bit of 70s stuff like I'm watching nowadays but that's pretty unrealistic. He does mention Mario Bava once, saying he went on to become a very good horror director, but that's about as close to that stuff as he got. Instead, he focuses heavily on the neorealists and ends in the id-60s. Not that I have anything against those guys... I guess my spur-of-the-moment reaction to hearing that this doc existed sparked a glimmer of what it would be like to hear Scorsese talk about people like Fulci and Deodato and Lenzi... I bet he'd still be interesting and find value in their work. well... some of their work.|
But instead it's all about Rossellini, De Sica, Visconti, Fellini, and Antonioni. Because he has less ground to cover than his American foray, Scorsese spends a lot more time with individual films here. like A LOT more time, often showing extended scenes and spending 10-15 minutes on each film. For the movies that I like or am interested in this is great. For the ones that don't hold me at all this is bad. The Visconti section for instance... torture. I mean, it's interesting to hear him discuss and show what he finds so interesting in his work and I'm glad I have an exterior understanding of his importance now but nothing I saw gripped me at all. Ugh.
I will say I have a renewed interest in seeing L'Eclisse though. After L'Avventura I pretty much forgot about any other Antonioni but seeing the striking images of the final few minutes of Eclipse has really piqued my interest in that film. Same goes for Fellini's I, Vitelloni which I haven't seen but it looks like I would like it. One of my favorite Fellini films that I have seen is Amarcord and that's largely because it seems so authentic in its anecdotes of childhood. I bet Vitelloni is very similar but for a somewhat different age. And I would say I want to see Umberto D now but the scenes he showed in this doc almost made me cry to I bet seeing the whole movie would be way too depressing.
An interesting doc. Nowhere near as rewatchable for me, but a great discourse on these handful of Italian directors for anyone interested in their work.