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You don't make up for your sins in church. You do it in the streets...
A small-time hood must choose from among love, friendship and the chance to rise within the mob.
Everyone has a favorite Scorsese. Goodfellas. Raging Bull. Taxi Driver. Casino. The Departed. The King of Comedy. Those are just a few examples of Scorsese's insanely influential take on cinema. And yet, I feel one is forgotten. Sure, It was arguably as influential as those later masterpieces, but this particular film feels left in the dust.
Mean Streets is that forgotten cinematic gem. This film is like the wild horse that Scorsese hadn't tamed just yet. Crazy, uncontrollable, fascinating. Mean Streets is the ultimate test film for the now master director. But, that doesn't mean it isn't good. Actually, It's my personal favorite of Scorsese's filmography, and I could argue until the end of time that its one of his…
Of all the character's in Martin Scorsese's first masterpiece Mean Streets, the most important is the streets of Little Italy. The streets are not mean, they are made mean by the greedy hoodlums that reside on such roads. De Niro steals the show as a debt-heavy, trigger-happy hoodlum Jonny Boy. Harvey Kietel's duty as a conflicted man between mob and religion is good too. Scorsese's use of familiar locations, color, and music work beautifully. It's a wonderful precursor to GoodFellas.
Maybe someday I will watch this and GoodFellas back-to-back. That wouldn't be bad.
EDIT: My grammar here blows. Oh well.
"You don't make up for your sins in church. You do it in the streets. You do it at home. The rest is bullshit and you know it."
Any flaws that this film might have are all excusable. This is one of the early Martin Scorsese films and what a great one! In Mean Streets we see a raw Martin Scorsese and it's very interesting to identify his technical skills and trademarks even in a much more amateur way. And don't get me wrong when I say amateur, this film has a strong direction and it's a pretty good film! It's very interesting to see what this amazing director has improved through all this years.
This was also the beginning…
Out of all the Martin Scorsese films I've seen so far; this is the only one I didn't like.
I'm not sure why I've never seen this, but here I am watching Mean Streets for the first time.
The first half of the film is rather redundant in its narrative while also lacking a bit in the cinematography department. It's just a group of small-time thugs or such walking around Little Italy trying to collect money, or they owe money, or they talk about other people owing money - in short, every single person owes money to someone and, honestly, it's all rather boring.
But then something happens, there seems to be a dramatic shift in the film, not only in the narrative but also its execution, plus the performances. Everything suddenly ramps up, especially De Niro. De Niro…
I defer to Kehr: "Martin Scorsese's intrusive insistence on his abstract, metaphysical theme—the possibility of modern sainthood—marks this 1973 film, his first to attract critical notice, as still somewhat immature, yet the acting and editing have such an original, tumultuous force that the picture is completely gripping."
P.S. One thing I've always loved is the way De Niro's character moves through space; he's "disrespectfully" vertical, jumping up on pool tables tables and couches. The other characters (esp. Keitel) stay respectfully horizontal; even during fistfights, they continue to obey the basic rules of how people are supposed to move around a room.
The intro to Robert Deniro is one of the best "OH SHIT" Moments in movies.
Energetic, authentic & captures a place/feeling in time. De Niro is ELECTRIC!
I was projecting this one, so each time I made a changeover I missed 5 minutes... so the story kinda made no sense, but still really good.
The Godfather (1972) was an epic and large scope telling of the world of the mafia and gangsters focusing on the ideologies and themes of family, respect and trust. Mean Streets, while featuring the same themes, is a much more neo-realistic and sometimes upbeat study of the same underworld. In the wrong hands it could have been a mess, but with the likes of Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel in lead roles, the characters seem real and grounded. It's amazing that Wolf of Wall Street and this are separated by a 40 year span, but you can tell they are both the work of the same legendary director, Martin Scorsese.
Tremendous work from a visionary director
A good old classic.
Amazing directorial debut of Martin Scorsese and the first of many collaborations with the great De Niro.
Imperfect expressionism is even more illuminating than usual raw energy. The process of becoming Scorsese.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…