"The cinema began with a passionate, physical relationship between celluloid and the artists and craftsmen and technicians who handled it, manipulated it, and came to know it the way a lover comes to know every inch of the body of the beloved. No matter where the cinema goes, we cannot afford to lose sight of its beginnings."
Happy birthday Martin Scorsese!
Martin Scorsese (born November 17, 1942) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. Some of his most famous films include Raging Bull (1980), GoodFellas (1990), and The Departed (2006).
Scorsese was born in Queens, New York to Charles and Catherine Scorsese. His parents moved to Little Italy in Manhattan while Scorsese was very young. Both of his parents worked part-time in the garment district and part-time as actors. They were also both Sicilian, so Scorsese acquired a strong Sicilian identity very young. He had asthma as a child, so his parents and brother would often take him to the movie theaters. He became especially interested in neo-realist films about the Italian experience.
By the time he was eight years old, he was already producing storyboards for his own films. He won a $500 scholarship to New York University for a comedic short film he produced. He earned his B.A. in English from NYU in 1964, and an M.F.A. in film in 1966. He produced several short films during this period, including What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This? (1963), It's Not Just You, Murray! (1964), and later, The Big Shave (1967).
In 1973, Scorsese directed Mean Streets (1973). Around this time, he became friends with Francis Ford Coppola, Brian De Palma, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and later, Robert De Niro. Mean Streets became a breakthrough for Scorsese, crystallizing many of the motifs that would come to dominate his later films: New York locale, violence, male lead character, rock soundtrack.
In 1976, he released Taxi Driver. The film won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and marked the moment De Niro earned his status as an A-list actor.
He acted in gangster film Cannonball (1976), directed by Paul Bartel.
The next year, he came out with his biggest production to date—New York, New York(1977). The film received only a tepid reception, which brought Scorsese into something of a depression. (Image source)
He followed with The Last Waltz (1976) and American Boy (1978).
By this point, Scorsese was heavily into cocaine and it wasn't until Robert De Niro convinced him to that he kicked his habit in order to make the film Raging Bull (1980). The film received rave reviews and eight Oscar nominations, with two wins.
His next major hit was The Color of Money (1986). The 1990s saw his status as a legendary director cemented with his films GoodFellas (1990) and Casino (1995).
Since then, he has worked extensively with actor Leonardo DiCaprio in films like Gangs of New York (2002), The Aviator (2004), The Departed (2006) and Shutter Island (2010).
He has won many awards, including an Oscar, Golden Globe Awards, BAFTA Awards, and the American Film Institute Life Achievement Award.
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- Birthday Date: Monday, 17 November 2014