Fresh off the release of his latest crime epic, “The Irishman,” legendary director Martin Scorsese isn’t ready to stop. According to Scorsese, he’s now color-correcting his 1974 documentary “Italianamerican” which he says will be released by Criterion Collection.
Scorsese announced this off-hand in an interview with Peter Travers, where he talked about reconnecting with Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci as well as working with Al Pacino for the first time in “The Irishman.” When asked about his five favorite films he’s made, Scorsese mentions that he is working on color-correcting his documentary for the Criterion Collection, and that a lot of the filmmaking style he used in that film came in handy for “The Irishman.”
For those uninitiated, “Italianamerican” is a documentary made by Martin Scorsese about his parents, Catherine and Charles. The film deals with their experiences as Italian immigrants in New York City, as they’re having dinner at their apartment on Elizabeth Street. Among the topics discussed are many themes commonly found in films by Martin Scorsese like religion, family, like in Italy after the war, and there’s also instructions on how to make Catherine Scorsese’s meatballs, a recipe for which is included in the credits of the film. It’s basically a home movie project for school, but of course, it is made by Martin Scorsese.
Avid Scorsese fans will recognize Catherine and Charles from their appearance in many of their son Marty’s films. Charles appeared in everything from “Taxi Driver,” and “The King of Comedy,” to “Goodfellas,” “Cape Fear,” and also, somehow, “The Muppets Take Manhattan.” Likewise, Catherine appeared in “Mean Streets,” “The Age of Innocence,” and “Casino.” Martin Scorsese even modeled the wedding home movies in “Raging Bull” after his parent’s own wedding. The documentary hasn’t really been widely available before, so this news will come as a real treat for fans of the acclaimed director.
You can watch the full interview below.