Martin Scorsese’s Long-Lost “Street Scenes” Now On YouTube

As we near closer to the release of Martin Scorsese’s highly-anticipated crime biopic, “The Irishman,” I’m sure there’s many of you rushing towards your Scorsese favorites. A classic favorite is “Goodfellas” for a few familiar faces that’ll be seen in “The Irishman.” Maybe “The Wolf of Wall Street” is more your flavor. Or, if you’ve got kids and don’t want to watch something overflowing with profanity while the kids are in the room, “Hugo” may be a good choice.

You may even be a completionist stating how you have seen every Scorsese film ever made. Well, there is one elusive film that has thought to have been lost for decades. In 1970, he shot a documentary called “Street Scenes” which focused on the topic of the Vietnam war. Now, you can watch this previously lost picture on YouTube. Check out the video and read the documentary synopsis below.

In the late Spring of 1970, nationwide protests against the war in Vietnam focused in the Wall Street area of New York City and ultimately in a major anti-war demonstration in Washington, D.C. A group of New York University film students documented the demonstrations as they happened in both cities. Later, in New York, the massive amount of black and white and color 16mm footage was edited into this important record of the day by day events. The extended final scene, shot by Edward Summer in a hotel room in Washington, D.C., is a spontaneous conversation among Martin Scorsese, Harvey Keitel, Jay Cocks and Verna Bloom who, along with a large group of NYU students, found themselves frustrated and perplexed by the events and hopeful that the protests would result in change.