MARTIN SCORSESE BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Martin Charles Scorsese is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and actor. Also a film historian, he has translated his passion for film into successful screen works. His highly personal films additionally delved into his New York life experience, as well as encompassed classic Hollywood and New French Wave themes. One thing can be for sure, the intensity and honesty of all of his pictures is one that has not been matched, and probably never will be. Due to the great qualities his films possess, he has won an AFI Life Achievement Award and numerous awards from the Oscars, Golden Globes, and Directors Guild of America. As well, he founded the World Cinema Foundation and is president of the Film Foundation.
Scorsese was born November 17, 1942 in Flushing, New York. As a child, he suffered heavily from asthma and was thus kept inside by himself while his peers were outside playing. In order to make their son feel better, his parents often took him to the movies. Quickly, Scorsese became obsessed with the cinema, even drawing his own story boards. However, at age fourteen he decided he wanted to become a priest. His aspirations did not last long though, and into the 1950s he became seduced by rock n’ roll. His behavior also started changing, and he was kicked out of seminary.
Fortunately, this let Scorsese return to his first love, movies. He attended NYU and graduated with a bachelor’s in English and a few student pictures like “What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This?” (1963) and “It’s Not Just You Murray” (1964) under his belt. He quickly moved into NYU’s master program to get a degree in film in 1966. His theatrical debut came soon, with his full length “Who’s That Knocking at My Door” (1967), an intimate depiction of life on the streets of where he grew up, New York’s Little Italy. However, it did not actually enter theaters until 1969.
Meanwhile, Scorsese began teaching at NYU. Here he helped fellow student Michael Wadleigh on his documentary, “Woodstock” (1969), which went on to win the Best Documentary at the Academy Awards. Soon after, the director moved to Los Angeles where he became friends with the highly successful and influential movie people of the time, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Brian De Palma, and Francis Ford Coppola. He was also met by Roger Corman, who asked him to direct his film “Boxcar Bertha” (1972). The director managed to find an acting spot in it, too, which would prove to be a common occurrence in many of his features.
After, Scorsese started working on his first acknowledged masterpiece, “Mean Streets” (1973). The film, which starred the ever present Scorsese actor Robert De Niro, observed the conflicts between Little Italy’s church and street life. In 1974, after criticism that the director wasn’t capable of putting out a woman’s feature, Scorsese directed Ellen Burstyn in her Academy Award winning role in the widow drama “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”. He then returned to his New York based Robert De Niro films with “Taxi Driver” (1976). The dark, urban thriller following one man’s descent into lonely insanity really established the director as a force in Hollywood.
Scorsese attempted his first large budget film following, the Liza Minnelli, Robert De Niro musical flop, “New York, New York” (1977). However, despite flaws, it developed a cult following. Scorsese returned to documentary making with “The Last Waltz” (1978), a film about the breakup and farewell concert of the rock group The Band. Soon after, the director regained his high Hollywood standing by way of “Raging Bull” (1980), a film based off of boxer Jake La Motta’s autobiography and once again starring Robert De Niro. It earned the director his first Oscar, as well as seven other Academy Award nominations.
His next feat, and fifth collaboration with De Niro, “King of Comedy” (1982), portrayed a desperate comedian willing to go to great lengths for his obsession, fame. Another dark comedy followed, and “After Hours” (1985) became a popular 1980's cult film. After, Scorsese turned to the more commercial side of filmmaking with the “Hustler” (1961) remake “The Color of Money” (1986). It managed to earn critical praise and an Oscar for its star, Paul Newman.
For his last picture of the decade (aside from a directing assignment for a segment in “New York Stories” (1988)), Scorsese reminisced on a favorite childhood subject: Jesus. His four year project, “The Last Temptation of Christ” (1988), stirred up controversy due to its supposedly blasphemous depiction of the life and death of the messiah. While many Christians were highly offended and protested, their rampages turned out to offer free press for the film and it went on to earn a Best Director Oscar nomination.
In 1990, Scorsese went back to a more familiar topic in his gangster flick “Goodfellas”. The violent film adapted from Nicholas Pileggi’s novel Wiseguys, of course, boasted De Niro as a lead. The year following, because of a deal he made with Universal to put out a more commercial film in exchange for the chance to make “The Last Temptation of Christ”, the classic Hollywood thriller “Cape Fear” (1991) came out. It turned out to be a box office smash. His subsequent picture (apart from his production efforts and acting roles), “The Age of Innocence” (1995), was a romantic period piece based off of an Edith Wharton novel about high 19th century New York society. While critics applauded, the box office offered no such praise. Scorsese jumped into modern time after that, with a greedy and deceptive Las Vegas feature called “Casino” (1995). In the same year, he directed, produced, wrote, and hosted his own film about the history of cinema, entitled “A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Movies” (1995).
Scorsese turned his attention to Tibet’s 14th Dalai Lama for his next feature, “Kundun” (1997). The film, while stunning to the eye, lost viewers near the end and consequently lost fan following at the box office. The director put out another weak film after, the fast paced Nicholas Cage medical drama “Bringing Out the Dead” (1999).
In the following decade, Scorsese returned to his most popular subject: gangs. The epic “Gangs of New York” (2002), starring Cameron Diaz and Leonardo DiCaprio, helmed numerous Academy Award nominations, but failed to take home any. The director teamed up again with DiCaprio to film “Aviator” (2004) and it also earned a large number of Oscar nominations. 2004 additionally offered Scorsese the opportunity to voice a character in the animated under water adventure “Shark Tale”.
2005 saw “No Direction Home: Bob Dylan”, a documentary tracing the life of legendary music sensation Bob Dylan and his impact on society. However, the following year he once again found his way back to the mobster drama with “The Departed” (2006), which gave him an Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing. In 2008 the director worked on another documentary, this time one that focused on the Rolling Stones called “Shine a Light”. A man of repetition, he collaborated a fourth time with DiCaprio on 2010’s psychological thriller “Shutter Island”.
His later films include “Public Speaking” (2010), “Silence” (2013), and “Sinatra” (2013), as well as other production jobs and acting positions. Even though Scorsese is still turning out pictures, he has already been awarded with a copious amount of honors like Directors Guild of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Golden Globe’s Cecil B. DeMille Award, and Writers Guild of America’s Evelyn F. Burkey Award, among an uncountable amount of others. As well, for his many cameo appearances, production efforts, and directorial feats, Scorsese has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
As the great filmmaker once said: “Movies touch our hearts and awaken our vision, and change the way we see things. They take us to other places, they open doors and minds. Movies are the memories of our life time, we need to keep them alive.”
2013 The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt
2012 La tercera orilla
2012 Casting By
2011 Revenge of the Green Dragons
2011 George Harrison: Living in the Material World
2011 Surviving Progress
2011 Long Way Home: The Loving Story
2011 American Masters: Woody Allen - A Documentary
2011 Kurosawa's Way
2011 The Harvey Weinstein Project
2011 Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel
2011 Marty on Film
2011 Marty & Bobby
2010 Dante Ferretti: Scenografo italiano
2010 Gilles Jacob: CIitizen Cannes
2010 Stones in Exile
2010 Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff
2010 Face 2 Face
2010 Le grand journal de Canal+
2010 The Fabulous Picture Show
2010 The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien
2010 Dreaming the Quiet Man
2010 Boardwalk Empire
2010 Public Speaking
2010 A Letter to Elia
2010 Shutter Island
2009 The Young Victoria
2009 30 Rock
2009 The Master's Touch: Hitchcock's Signature Style
2009 Scorsese on 'Age of Consent'
2009 Scorsese on 'A Matter of Life and Death'
2008 Entertainment Tonight
2008 Pure Cinema: Through the Eyes of the Master
2008 Saul Bass: Title Champ
2008 Bernard Herrmann: Hitchcock's Maestro
2008 In the Master's Shadow: Hitchcock's Legacy
2008 Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies
2008 You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story
2008 Mardik: Baghdad to Hollywood
2008 Les derniers révoltés d'Hollywood
2008 The Rolling Stones: Shine a Light Movie Special
2008 La 2 noticias
2008 Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies
2008 Shine a Light
2007 Cinema 3
2007 The Key to Reserva
2007 Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows
2007 La Marató 2007
2007 Movies Rock
2007 Caiga quien caiga
2007 Bienvenue à Cannes
2007 Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
2007 Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends
2007 Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts
2007 Martin Scorsese on 'Taxi Driver'
2007 AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition
2007 In the Company of Actors
2007 Painting with Light
2007 L'hebdo cinéma
2007 Late Review
2007 Scorsese on Imamura
2007 Crossing Criminal Cultures
2007 Stranger Than Fiction: The True Story of Whitey Bulger, Southie and 'The Departed'
2006 Corazón de...
2006 Stool Pigeons and Pine Overcoats: The Language of Gangster Films
2006 Gangsters: The Immigrant's Hero
2006 Welcome to the Big House
2006 Molls and Dolls: The Women of Gangster Films
2006 Morality and the Code: A How-to Manual for Hollywood
2006 Edge of Outside
2006 The Searchers: An Appreciation
2006 The Real Goodfella
2006 Hollywood Greats
2006 The Passion: Films, Faith & Fury
2006 The Departed
2005 Brooklyn Lobster
2005 No Direction Home: Bob Dylan
2005 Martin Scorsese, l'émotion par la musique
2005 Movies That Shook the World
2005 François Girard en trois actes
2005 Artworks Scotland
2005 Casino: The Story
2005 Casino: The Look
2005 Casino: The Cast and Characters
2005 Casino: After the Filming
2005 A Life Without Limits: The Making of 'The Aviator'
2005 The Culture Show
2005 Star Fish of 'Shark Tale'
2005 Only in LA
2005 The Eye of the Beholder
2005 Little Caesar: End of Rico, Beginning of the Antihero
2005 The Roaring Twenties: The World Moves On
2005 The New York, New York Stories
2005 Liza on 'New York, New York'
2005 By Any Means Necessary: The Making of 'Malcolm X'
2005 White Heat: Top of the World
2005 Beer and Blood: Enemies of the Public
2004 HBO First Look
2004 Friday Night with Jonathan Ross
2004 Dinner for Five
2004 The Oprah Winfrey Show
2004 The 100 Scariest Movie Moments
2004 The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing
2004 Tanner on Tanner
2004 A Legacy of Filmmakers: The Early Years of American Zoetrope
2004 Film School
2004 The Filmmaker and the Labyrinth
2004 Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic
2004 Tinseltown TV
2004 Lightning in a Bottle
2004 Raging Bull: Before the Fight
2004 E! True Hollywood Story
2004 Filming for Your Life: Making 'After Hours'
2004 Just the Facts
2004 The Aviator
2004 Shark Tale
2004 Lightning in a Bottle
2004 Lady by the Sea: The Statue of Liberty
2004 Something to Believe In
2003 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Robert De Niro
2003 The Blues
2003 The Soul of a Man
2003 Michael Jackson: Number Ones
2003 Discovering Treasure: The Story of 'The Treasure of the Sierra Madre'
2003 Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin
2003 The Song of the Little Road
2003 Spike Lee's '25th Hour': The Evolution of an American Filmmaker
2003 The 100 Greatest Movie Stars
2003 The John Garfield Story
2003 Larry King Live
2003 A Decade Under the Influence
2003 Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood
2003 Richard & Judy
2002 Inside the Actors Studio
2002 Forever Ealing
2002 History vs. Hollywood
2002 Mario Monicelli, l'artigiano di Viareggio
2002 Politically Incorrect
2002 New York at the Movies
2002 The Life of Brian
2002 A Shot at the Top: The Making of 'The King of Comedy'
2002 The Magic of Fellini
2002 Uncovering the Real Gangs of New York
2002 Revisiting 'The Last Waltz'
2002 Gangs of New York
2002 Deuces Wild
2002 Curb Your Enthusiasm
2001 The Concert for New York City
2001 With the Filmmaker: Portraits by Albert Maysles
2001 The Making of 'Cape Fear'
2001 AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies
2001 Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures
2000 The Beatles Revolution
2000 Siskel & Ebert
2000 La nuit des Césars
2000 Roberto Rossellini: Frammenti e battute
2000 You Can Count on Me
2000 Love's Labour's Lost
1999 Bringing Out the Dead
1999 My Voyage to Italy
1999 The American Experience
1999 A Conversation with Gregory Peck
1999 The Muse
1999 Mother-Tongue: Italian American Sons & Mothers
1999 Making 'Taxi Driver'
1999 The Century: America's Time
1999 New York: A Documentary Film
1999 The Directors
1998 Bravo Profiles: The Entertainment Business
1998 With Friends Like These...
1998 In Search of Kundun with Martin Scorsese
1998 AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: In Search of
1998 One Vision
1998 AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: America's Greatest Movies
1998 The Hi-Lo Country
1998 Late Night with Conan O'Brien
1997 Kicked in the Head
1997 The Race to Save 100 Years
1997 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Martin Scorsese
1997 Obsessed with Vertigo
1997 Frank Capra's American Dream
1996 The Typewriter, the Rifle & the Movie Camera
1996 La mémoire retrouvée
1996 Grace of My Heart
1996 Late Show with David Letterman
1996 Días de cine
1995 Charlie Rose
1995 Eric Clapton: Nothing But the Blues: An 'In the Spotlight Special'
1995 A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies
1995 Search and Destroy
1995 Rough Magic
1995 Michael Jackson: Video Greatest Hits - HIStory
1995 The Making of 'My Fair Lady'
1995 Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick
1995 The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies
1995 Robbie Robertson: Going Home
1995 American Cinema
1994 Everybody Just Stay Calm
1994 The Essence Awards
1994 I Know Where I'm Going! Revisited
1994 Jonas in the Desert
1994 Con gli occhi chiusi
1994 Quiz Show
1993 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
1993 Mad Dog and Glory
1993 Naked in New York
1993 The Age of Innocence
1992 Innocence and Experience: The Making of 'The Age of Innocence'
1992 The Late Show
1992 Music for the Movies: Bernard Herrmann
1992 Oliver Stone: Inside Out
1991 Saturday Night Live
1991 Great Performances
1991 Cinéma, de notre temps
1991 Reflections on 'Citizen Kane'
1990 Siskel & Ebert: The Future of the Movies
1990 Hollywood Mavericks
1990 American Masters
1990 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to David Lean
1991 Cape Fear
1991 Guilty by Suspicion
1990 Made in Milan
1990 The Grifters
1989 New York Stories
1989 Wunderbare Visionen auf dem Weg zur Hölle - Das Kino und die Kämpfe des Martin Scorsese
1988 Michael Jackson: The Legend Continues
1988 The Last Temptation of Christ
1988 Location Production Footage: The Last Temptation of Christ
1987 Hollywood Uncensored
1987 Hammer: The Studio That Dripped Blood!
1986 Long Live the New Flesh: The Films of David Cronenberg
1986 The Color of Money
1986 Amazing Stories
1986 'Round Midnight
1985 After Hours
1983 Cinéma cinémas
1983 Anna Pavlova
1982 The King of Comedy
1982 Late Night with David Letterman
1981 The South Bank Show
1980 Raging Bull
1980 Il pap'occhio
1978 American Boy: A Profile of: Steven Prince
1978 The Last Waltz
1978 Roger Corman: Hollywood's Wild Angel
1977 The Merv Griffin Show
1977 The Mike Douglas Show
1977 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Bette Davis
1977 New York, New York
1976 Taxi Driver
1974 Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
1973 Martin Scorsese: Back on the Block
1973 Mean Streets
1972 Boxcar Bertha
1972 Elvis on Tour
1972 The Unholy Rollers
1971 Medicine Ball Caravan
1970 Street Scenes
1970 Item 72-D: The Adventures of Spa and Fon
1969 Bezeten - Het gat in de muur
1968 The Big Shave
1967 Who's That Knocking at My Door
1964 It's Not Just You, Murray!
1963 What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This?
1962 Lawrence of Arabia
1959 Vesuvius VI