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Although the film was made for public television, according to the 24 Apr 1978 Village Voice, it did not air until 25 Jan 2012. Filming took place at filmmaker Martin Scorsese's parents' apartment on Elizabeth Street, in New York City.
       Italianamerican was screened on 4 Oct 1974 as part of the N.Y. Film Festival's "Roots" program.
       End credits include the statement: "ITALIANAMERICAN has been made possible by a grant from The National Endowment For The Humanities to The National Communications Foundation."
       End credits also include a recipe for "The Sauce: Singe an onion & a pinch of garlic in oil. Throw in a piece of veal, a piece of beef, some pork sausage & a lamb neck bone. Add a basil leaf. When the meat is brown, take it out, & put it on plate. Put in a can of tomato paste & some water. Pass a can of packed whole tomatoes through a blender & pour it in. Let it boil. Add salt, pepper & a pinch of sugar. Let it cook for awhile. Throw the meat back in. Cook for 1 hour. Now make the meatballs. Put a slice of bread, without crust, 2 eggs, & a drop of milk, into a bowl of ground veal & beef. Add salt, pepper, some cheese & a few spoons of sauce. Mix it with your hands. Roll them up, throw them in. Let it cook for another ... More Less

Although the film was made for public television, according to the 24 Apr 1978 Village Voice, it did not air until 25 Jan 2012. Filming took place at filmmaker Martin Scorsese's parents' apartment on Elizabeth Street, in New York City.
       Italianamerican was screened on 4 Oct 1974 as part of the N.Y. Film Festival's "Roots" program.
       End credits include the statement: "ITALIANAMERICAN has been made possible by a grant from The National Endowment For The Humanities to The National Communications Foundation."
       End credits also include a recipe for "The Sauce: Singe an onion & a pinch of garlic in oil. Throw in a piece of veal, a piece of beef, some pork sausage & a lamb neck bone. Add a basil leaf. When the meat is brown, take it out, & put it on plate. Put in a can of tomato paste & some water. Pass a can of packed whole tomatoes through a blender & pour it in. Let it boil. Add salt, pepper & a pinch of sugar. Let it cook for awhile. Throw the meat back in. Cook for 1 hour. Now make the meatballs. Put a slice of bread, without crust, 2 eggs, & a drop of milk, into a bowl of ground veal & beef. Add salt, pepper, some cheese & a few spoons of sauce. Mix it with your hands. Roll them up, throw them in. Let it cook for another hour." More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Los Angeles Times
30 Jun 1978
Section IV, p. 22.
Los Angeles Times
23 May 1990.
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New York Times
20 Apr 1978.
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Time
14 Oct 1974.
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Variety
9 Oct 1974.
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Village Voice
24 Apr 1978.
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Village Voice
23 Jan 1990.
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CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Film by
Prod mgr
PRODUCERS
Prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Treatment
Treatment
PHOTOGRAPHY
Elec & still photog
Asst cam
FILM EDITORS
Assoc ed
SOUND
Sd man
PRODUCTION MISC
Asst to the prods
Prod asst
Courtesy
Still photos
DETAILS
Release Date:
20 April 1978
Premiere Information:
New York Film Festival screening: 4 October 1974
New York opening: 20 April 1978
Los Angeles opening: 23 May 1990 at the Nuart Theater
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
gauge
16mm
Widescreen/ratio
1.33:1
Duration(in mins):
45
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

The Italian-American experience is explored through interviews with the parents of filmmaker Martin Scorsese. Scenes in Charles and Catherine Scorsese's apartment are interspersed with documentary footage of the "Little Italy" neighborhood of Lower Manhattan, New York City, and family ... +


The Italian-American experience is explored through interviews with the parents of filmmaker Martin Scorsese. Scenes in Charles and Catherine Scorsese's apartment are interspersed with documentary footage of the "Little Italy" neighborhood of Lower Manhattan, New York City, and family photographs. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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