This compilation of five early short films by Martin Scorsese (Taxi Driver) offers a fascinating window onto his artistic development. Spanning the years from Scorsese’s time at NYU in the mid-1960s to the late ’70s, when he was emerging as one of the era’s most electrifying talents, Scorsese Shorts centers on the intimate home movie Italianamerican—a loving snapshot of the director’s parents—and American Boy, a freewheeling portrait of a larger-than-life raconteur. Also included are The Big Shave, a daringly visceral response to America’s involvement in Vietnam, and the bracing student films What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This? and It’s Not Just You, Murray!
Touching on many of Scorsese’s key themes— Italian American identity, family, his beloved New York City—these are hilarious, candid, and illuminating works from the preeminent American filmmaker of our time.
New 4K digital restorations of all five films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks
New conversation between director Martin Scorsese and film critic Farran Smith Nehme
New discussion among filmmakers Ari Aster and Josh and Benny Safdie
PLUS: An essay by film critic Bilge Ebiri and various materials from Scorsese’s archive
1963 - 1974
THE CRITERION COLLECTION
Colour, Black & White
Italianamerican 49 min, American Boy 55 min, The Big Shave 5 min, It's Not Just You, Murray! 16 min, What's a Nice Girl Like You... 10 min