6th DMZ Docs(2014)
I AM DOCU
Martin SCORSESE, David TEDESCHI
The 50 Year Argument, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Martin SCORSESE and his longtime documentary collaborator David TEDESCHI, rides the waves of literary, political and cultural history as charted by its subject: the influential publication The New York Review of Books, America’s leading journal of ideas for over fifty years.This provocative film explores the power of these ideas in shaping history. The film weaves rarely-seen archival footage of cultural icons such as Gore VIDAL, Susan SONTAG, and Norman MAILER; newly filmed interviews with many of the Review’s current contributors, including Joan DIDION, Michael CHABON, and Yasmine El Rashidi; along with original verité footage filmed in the Review’s West Village offices reflecting the humming, restless energy of a magazine that, heading into its second half-century, still feels as vital and young as its indefatigable founding editor, Robert Silvers; all told through the inimitable and energetic documentary style of Martin Scorsese.
Martin Scorsese was born in 1942 in New York City, and was raised in the neighborhood of Little Italy, which later provided the inspiration for several of his films. Scorsese directed several documentary films through his filmography. His first documentary film was Italianamerican(1974). In 1996, Scorsese completed a 4-hour documentary, A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese through American Movies, co-directed by Michael Henry Wilson, commissioned by the British Film Institute to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of cinema. In 2001 Scorsese released Il Mio Viaggio in Italia, an epic documentary that affectionately chronicles his love for Italian Cinema. Most recently released was Scorsese’s Emmy Award winning documentary for HBO, George Harrison: Living in the Material World.
Film editor David Tedeschi has worked frequently with Martin Scorsese on the director’s documentary films including No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, Shine a Light with the Rolling Stones, Public Speaking starring iconoclastic New York writer Fran Lebowitz, and George Harrison: Living in the Material World. Earlier in his career he worked with Michael Moore on the groundbreaking TV Nation and The Awful Truth, with Leon Ichaso on Piñero for Miramax and on El Cantante for Picture House. He was nominated for an Emmy for his work on No Direction Home: Bob Dylan and an Emmy and ACE Eddie for George Harrison: Living in the Material World.
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