Scorsese turns his camera on his parents in this informal documentary - they're interesting subjects and their tales of life in NYC, their heritage and their arguments with each other (about food, about wine, about all those things married couples bicker over) make for a homey experience. The structure is loose - the film is 'shaped' around dinner (and Marty, seated at the kitchen table, asks questions from a sheet in front of him) - and it's a rare moment of levity in the sometimes deadly serious Scorsese oeuvre. Also, you can't help but wonder: these two relatively down-to-Earth people made one of our greatest filmmakers? I'll be....
Director: Martin Scorsese
Year Released: 1974