Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Mean Streets (1973)

****½
USA

Martin Scorsese's breakthrough - and many people still swear it's his best film. Even if it isn't his best film (and I'm not saying it isn't), it's arguably his best-directed. The vigour, the freshness and the looseness that define the most vivid passages in his work dominate this rough-edged look into Harvey Keitel's small-time gangsterdom, Catholic guilt and valiant though doomed attempts to rein in wild child Robert De Niro. It's the least polished and glamourous of all the gangster pictures in Scorsese's gangster-fixated output, and it's all the better for that.

dir: Martin Scorsese
wr: Martin Scorsese, Mardik Martin
ph: Kent Wakeford
ed: Sidney Levin
cast: Harvey Keitel, Robert de Niro, Amy Robinson, David Proval, Richard Romanus

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