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You don't make up for your sins in church. You do it in the streets...
Two-time Academy Award-winner Robert De Niro ("GoodFellas," "The Godfather, Part II") stars in Martin Scorsese's ("Raging Bull," "The Age of Innocence") drama of young men coming to manhood by the code of New York's Little Italy. A harrowing, intense, and grueling dramatic experience -- brilliantly acted and directed. Also starring Academy Award-nominee Harvey Keitel ("Pulp Fiction," "The Piano") and future producer Amy Robinson ("After Hours," "Running on Empty"). Inducted into the Library of Congress National Film Registry. Recently selected by the prestigious American Film Institute as one of the 400 greatest American films of all time. Leonard Maltin praises this as the "technically dazzling film that put director Scorsese on the map... and deservedly so," giving it his highest rating of "****" (four stars).
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…
"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…
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.
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.
Mean Streets is a punch to the gut, visceral and kaleidoscopic. De Niro and Keitel are tremendous, but the real star here is Scorsese who responds to The Godfather's grand allegory with raw, scorching energy.
i watched this last night on 35mm and im dead. im so dead. it's so good fuck me.
THE GREATEST INDEPENDENT FILM EVER MADE: I was sitting down with my Aunt one day. She was looking at my movie collection I had in my room. She quickly grabbed a film and held it up. It was Mean Streets. I was puzzled. Why, out of all the films I own is Mean Streets the movie she decides to grab?
She explains about her love for this movie. The cinematography was incredible, the acting was amazing, the direction, the writing. The film was flawless, in her eyes. She concluded her explanation by saying that this was her favorite film of all time.
My opinion of Mean Streets before hearing this was this: pretty good, slow at some points, but still…
Great early Scorsese film, with terrific perfomances and stellar directing. It's not as refined as his later work, but the talent shines bright here, as Scorsese makes the best movie he could have made at that point in time. BTW De Niro is the showstopper here. He kills it.
Awesome when I first saw it. Opinion hasn't changed, still awesome
Movie #572 of "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die".
So I've taken care of the two big boys ("Taxi Driver" and "Raging Bull") and now we're going to cover the other, four Scorsese films from THE BOOK. We kick it off with "Mean Streets" which is very obviously a personal piece from Martin Scorsese, as it's very obvious that Scorsese is inviting us into his own backyard, for a birds eye view of life growing up on the "mean streets", as viewed by the director. I've just watched "Taxi Driver" and "Raging Bull" two films that earn their praise when it comes to calling them classics, so going to "Mean Streets" next is of course going to make it harder on this movie to get into my good graces.…
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