NYFF11: Martin Scorsese’s “Mean Streets”

Posted by Daniel Rubinton on 12.16.2011

On Tuesday we will continue our weekly celebration of "50 Years of the New York Film Festival" with a screening of Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets, originally shown at the 11th NYFF in 1973, featuring Scorsese in person for a post-screening Q&A!

Though it seems difficult to imagine, there was a time before Martin Scorsese was the cinematic powerhouse we know him as today. Mean Streets was the film that first put Scorsese on the radar of critics and viewers. It served as an introduction to the director's trademark style, his focus on gritty New York life, a great rock soundtrack, and even performances by Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel, who would go on to collaborate with Scorsese in numerous classics in the following decades. If you are a fan of Scorsese's gangster films, you owe it to yourself to see where the journey began.

As of now, this screening is standby only. A line will form at the Walter Reade box office prior to the show. Tickets may become available to the standby line on a first-come, first-served basis.

Get a double dose of German filmmaking when "50 Years of the New York Film Festival" returns on Tuesday, January 13 with Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Ali (Fear Eats the Soul) and Werner Herzog's The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser from the 12th and 13th editions of the festival in 1974 and 1975, respectively.

Here is a list of all the films that played the 11th New York Film Festival in 1973:
Day For Night (La nuit Américaine)
François Truffaut, France/ Italy,1973
Shown with Pierre, Dominique Cheminal, France

Return (Ritorno)
Gianni Amico, Italy, 1972
Shown with Opera, Bruno Bozzetto, Italy and Coming On, Doe Mayer, USA

Illumination (Illuminacja)
Krzyzstof Zanussi, Poland, 1973
Shown with Pulcinella, Guilio Gianini, Emanuele Luzzati, Italy and For A Few Performances Only, Theodor Kalomirakis, Greece

Kid Blue
James Frawley, USA, 1973
Shown with Pin Ball Wizard, Rod McCall, USA

History Lessons (Geschichts-unterricht)
Jean-Marie Straub, West Germany/Italy, 1972
Shown with Introduction To Schonberg’s Accompanying Music For A Film Scene, Jean-Marie Straub, West Germany/ Italy

Réjeanne Padovani
Denys Arcand, Canada, 1973
Shown with Australian History, Bruce Petty, Australia

A Doll’s House
Joseph Losey, Great Britain, 1973
Shown with Sandman, Eliot Noyes, Jr., USA and When Roobarb Made A Spike, Bob Godfrey, Great Britain

Mean Streets
Martin Scorsese, U.S.A., 1973
Shown with Background, Carmen d’Avino, USA

The Break Up (La Rupture)
Claude Chabrol, France/Italy/Belgium, 1970
Shown with Dans la vie, Pierre Veilleux, Canada

The Mother And The Whore (La maman et la putain)
Jean Eustache, France, 1973

Israel Why (Pourqui  Israel)
Claude Lanzmann, France, 1973

Land Of Silence And Darkness (Land des schweigens und der dunkelheit)
Werner Herzog, West Germany, 1971
Shown with The Train That Never Stopped, Chris Marker, France

Just Before Nightfall (Juste avant la nuit)
Claude Chabrol, France/Italy, 1971
Shown with Butterfly†1975, Peter Brouwer, The Netherlands and Colter’s Hell, Robin Lehman, Great Britain

Andrei Rublev (Andrej Rublijow)
Andrei Tarkovsky, U.S.S.R., 1966/69

Distant Thunder (Ashani Sanket)
Satyajit Ray, India, 1973
Shown with Alphon In Wonderland, Maxim Ferrier, Gerald Poussin, France and Medina, Scott Bartlett, USA

The Bitter Tears Of Petra Von Kant  (Die bitteren tränen der Petra Von Kant)
Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany, 1972
Shown with The Artichoke, Michel Clarence, Belgium

Doktor Mabuse
Fritz Lang, Germany, 1922

Badlands
Terrence Malick, U.S.A., 1973
Shown with Frank Film, Frank Mouris, USA

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