Cinema, short for cinematography, is often used to refer to the industry of films and filmmaking or to the art of filmmaking itself. The contemporary definition of cinema is the art of simulating experiences to communicate ideas, stories, perceptions, feelings, beauty or atmosphere.
Mean Streets is a crime film directed by Martin Scorsese and co-written by Scorsese and Mardik Martinwith the actors Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro.
Mean Streets was well received by most critics; some even hailed it as one of the most original American films of all time. Pauline Kael was among the most enthusiastic critics: she called it “a true original, and a triumph of personal filmmaking” and dizzyingly sensual.
Mean Streets is the first of two Martin Scorsese / Robert De Niro collaborations where De Niro’s character is shot in the neck at the end – the other film being their second collaboration, Taxi Driver.
De Niro’s character does not appear to be killed in either instance, with paramedics showing up here to help the wounded characters and Travis Bickle having survived the shootout to be recognized as a hero.