Martin Scorsese Giving a Lecture

Martin Scorsese, Academy Award winning American film director, screenwriter, producer, actor, film historian and preservationist delivers the 42nd annual Jefferson Lecture (“Persistence of Vision: Reading the Language of Cinema”) on April 1 at 7:30 PM at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

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5 thoughts on “Martin Scorsese Giving a Lecture

  1. PS I’ve definitely followed you (you have a great site), but when I visit your page I always have to re-follow even when I’m logged in! Do you know if anyone else has had that problem?

  2. Hmm. I’ve not idea why that happens. I’ll ask some of my friends if they have the same problem. Thanks for letting me know.

    About the lecture: it’s wonderful. And even though Scorsese does use some film clips, they’re not really essential, so the video makes a good podcast. I wish Scorsese gave more lectures (interviews, books). He makes everything so personal and easy to understand and he’s so sincere in his interest that it’s impossible not to learn at least a little.

  3. Thank you! It’s very strange.
    That’s very true! I love how he makes it personal – film is so personal!
    Have you seen his short doco Letter to Elia? It’s really interesting.
    He’s apparently involved in the new Hitchcock/Truffaut doco which will be fascinating!

  4. I saw Letter to Elia by accident on TV. I missed the first ten minutes, but saw the rest and loved it. His A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies is brilliant, too. I didn’t watch that one in one viewing because it’s so long. One thing I loved about it, which goes back to Scorsese’s sincerity and film being personal, is that Scorsese’s known for his violence, profanity, his tough guys, and in Personal Journey he talks about a film like Scarface alongside something like The Red Shoes with equal passion about both, pointing out their technical and stylistic characteristics as easily as talking about the first time he saw the films, how they changed his life, etc. I think I’m a sucker for “personal history” type stuff by people who know their stuff and have their own opinions.

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