chapter  1
The drunk tracking shot in Mean Streets (1973)
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Martin Scorsese’s first unqualified success, Mean Streets ripples with themes that would become hallmarks for the rest of his career. Catholic guilt, the toxicity of masculinity, the allure of the criminal lifestyle, the dangerous energy of New York City, the marriage of indelible image and iconic pop musicall these things have a place in this tale of a low-level hood hoping to work his way up the ladder of the East Coast Mafia.