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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

2013       Silence

2013       Sinatra 

2012       La tercera orilla

2012       Casting By

2011       Revenge of the Green Dragons 

2011       Hugo 

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       Breakfast 

2010       Face 2 Face   

2010       Fantástico

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       Today 

2008       Artour  

2008       La 2 noticias 

2008       Entourage 

2008       Lymelife 

2008       Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies

2008       Shine a Light

2008       Gomorrah

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       Brando 

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       Imagine   

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       Frankenstein 

2004       Brides 

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       Rain 

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       Kundun

1997       Frontline 

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       Clockers

1995       Biography 

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       Casino

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       Gershwin

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       Dreams  

1990       Goodfellas

1990       Made in Milan

1990       The Grifters 

1990       PoV   

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       Bad 

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       Arena 

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       Cannonball!  

1976       Taxi Driver 

1974       Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore 

1974       Italianamerican    

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       Woodstock

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? 

1963       Inesita

1962       Lawrence of Arabia  

1959       Vesuvius VI     

Matinee Classics - Martin Scorsese
Matinee Classics - Martin Scorsese
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