“Italianamerican” documentary by Martin Scorsese about his parents

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Italianamerican is a 1974 documentary directed by Martin Scorsese and featuring Scorsese’s parents, Catherine and Charles. The Scorseses talk about their experiences as Italian immigrants in New York among other things, while having dinner at their flat on Elizabeth Street. Scorsese’s mother also instructs how to cook her meatballs, a recipe later featured in the credits of the film. Among the subjects discussed in the film are family, religion, their origins, Italian ancestors, life in Italy after the war, the hardships of poor Sicilian immigrants in America striving to make ends meet.

I’ve been rewatching some Scorsese films, and they are quite amazing. I still think that film directors are superheroes, I have no idea how they do it… making a good film is more impressive to me then winning a war.

I live around the corner from where Scorseses grew up, and the neighborhood is mostly Chinese now. Little Italy keeps getting littler. It’s very interesting to see how tough it was back then. His parents never complain, they seemed to be happy about the situation.

I can get caught up in being frustrated with first world problems. Sometimes I should just shut up and be amazed how easy life is today.