The Passion of Martin Scorsese

A Critical Study of the Films

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About the Book

From his earliest shorts to his recent feature films The Departed and Shutter Island, this book offers an in-depth analysis of the deepest archetypal themes, symbols, and structures in Martin Scorsese’s entire body of work. It examines each of Scorsese’s films as a mythological journey through which the main character is offered an opportunity for psychological and spiritual enlightenment, focusing especially on how each character is led to recognize, accept, and embrace his or her flawed traits. The book also explores the ways in which Scorsese’s films incite extreme reactions and strike deep chords within his viewers, particularly by speaking the language of the unconscious and forcing readers to examine their own hidden flaws.

About the Author(s)

Teacher, speaker, and writer Annette Wernblad has taught American Studies and Film Studies at the University of Copenhagen. She lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Bibliographic Details

Annette Wernblad
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 267
Bibliographic Info: 48 photos, filmography, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2011
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4946-0
eISBN: 978-0-7864-6232-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      ix
Preface      1

1. Something Being Done in Front of the Altar      5
2. The Mask and the Mirror      22
3. Down the Rabbit Hole      58
4. Through the Looking Glass      77
5. The Passion and the Pain      100
6. To Be Without a Home      118
7. Paying Out the Shadow      139
8. To Beat the Devil      177

Filmography      227
Notes      237
Bibliography      247
Index      253