A Companion to Martin Scorsese is a comprehensive collection of original essays assessing the career of one of America s most prominent contemporary filmmakers. * Contains contributions from prominent scholars in North America and Europe that use a variety of analytic approaches * Offers fresh interpretations of some of Scorsese s most influential films, including Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Gangs of New York, and Hugo * Considers Scorsese's place within the history of American and world cinema; his work in relation to auteur theory; the use of popular music and various themes such as violence, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender, and race in his films, and more
Aaron Baker is Associate Professor and Area Chair of Film and Media Studies within the English Department at Arizona State University. His research focuses on sports culture, film authorship, and the representation of race, ethnicity, and gender in American cinema. He is co-editor of Out of Bounds: Sports, Media and the Politics of Identity (1997), and the author of Contesting Identities: Sports in American Film (2003) and Steven Soderbergh (2011).
Contributors viii Introduction: Artistic Solutions to Sociological Problems 1 Aaron Baker Part One The Pious Auteur 15 1 How Scorsese Became Scorsese: A Historiography of New Hollywood s Most Prestigious Auteur 17 Marc Raymond 2 Smuggling Iconoclasm: European Cinema and Scorsese s Male Antiheroes 38 Giorgio Bertellini and Jacqueline Reich 3 Italian Films, New York City Television, and the Work of Martin Scorsese 53 Laura E. Ruberto 4 The Imaginary Museum: Martin Scorsese s Film History Documentaries 71 Robert P. Kolker 5 Images of Religion, Ritual, and the Sacred in Martin Scorsese s Cinema 91 David Sterritt Part Two Social Contexts and Conflicts 115 6 Alice Doesn t Live Here Anymore and Italianamerican: Gender, Ethnicity, and Imagination 117 Aaron Baker 7 Mobsters and Bluebloods: Scorsese s The Age of Innocence in the Perspective of his Italian American Films 133 Robert Casillo 8 Off -White Masculinity in Martin Scorsese s Gangster Films 173 Larissa M. Ennis 9 Irish-American Identity in the Films of Martin Scorsese 195 Matt R. Lohr 10 Issues of Race, Ethnicity, and Television Authorship in Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues and Boardwalk Empire 214 Jonathan J. Cavallero Part Three Form and the Filmmaking Process 237 11 Martin Scorsese and the Music Documentary 239 Michael Brendan Baker 12 Martin Scorsese Rocks 259 Giuliana Muscio 13 Music as Cultural Signifier of Italian/American Life in Who s That Knocking at My Door and Mean Streets 277 Anthony D. Cavaluzzi 14 When Marty Met Bobby: Collaborative Authorship in Mean Streets and Taxi Driver 292 R. Colin Tait 15 Scorsese s Landscape of Mortality 312 Murray Pomerance 16 Borderlines: Boundaries and Transgression in the City Films of Martin Scorsese 331 Brendan Kredell Part Four Major Films 353 17 Mean Streets as Cinema of Independence 355 Stefan Sereda 18 Taxi Driver and Veteran Trauma 373 Michael D. High 19 Filming the Fights: Subjectivity and Sensation in Raging Bull 396 Leger Grindon 20 The Last Temptation of Christ: Queering the Divine 420 Daniel S. Cutrara 21 The Cinematic Seduction of Not a Good Fella 442 Bambi Haggins 22 Hugo and the (Re-)Invention of Martin Scorsese 459 Guerric DeBona Index 480