Scenes I Love: “Mean Streets” – 1972 – Dir. Martin Scorsese

This scene is taken from Martin Scorsese’s second feature film, “Mean Streets” in which Scorsese himself called semi-autobiographical with the great Harvey Keitel playing Scorsese’s onscreen alter ego Charlie.  This film ranks amoungest Scorsese’s finest to date.  It marked the first collaberation with Robert DeNiro and Harvey Keitel.  Everyone always likes to talk about how Robert DeNiro is amazing in the film, and how excellent he is.  This is true, but my problem with it is Harvey Keitel is the lead in this film, and it’s Harvey Keitel that ties this film together.

This scene is a private party at the bar Keitel and his crew frequent and is owned by one of their friends Tony.  This scene is beautiful shot, and queued up to great music.  One of my favorite film techniques is a stand dolly shot, where the actor is on the dolly making it look like he’s moving around, but the actor (in this case Keitel is actually stationary on the dolly).  Spike Lee sometimes uses this technique too, I’ve always thought of Lee as one of Scorsese’s proteges when it comes to the younger generation of filmmakers.


Author: Frank Mengarelli

Everybody relax, Frank's here. After going to film school at Columbia College Chicago, Frank decided to underachieve with his vast knowledge of film into a career in civil service. Frank had a brief stint as a film blogger, and then he met the heterosexual love of his life, Nick Clement. The two instantly bonded over their love from everything to Terence Malick to THE EXPENDABLES films. Some of Frank's favorite filmmakers are Terence Malick, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Sylvester Stallone, Oliver Stone and Spike Lee. Some of his favorite films are THE TREE OF LIFE, STAR WARS (all of them), BAD LIEUTENANT, THE THING and ALL THAT JAZZ. Frank spends his free time with his dog Roger, collecting any Star Wars collectible he can find and trying to finish his pretentious, first person narrative novel(la), LARGE MEN IN SMALL CARS..

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