Martin Scorsese

  • An American director born in New York in 1964.

    Son of parents of Sicilian origins, Martin Scorsese grew up in the neighbourhood of Little Italy, spending as much time communing at church as in movie theatres.
    A graduate of New York University, he directed several notable short films prior to his first feature, Who's That Knocking at My Door in 1967. He moved to Hollywood where he met Roger Corman who was to produce his second film, Bertha Boxcar. Mean Streets (1973) followed, in which he was to find the recurrent themes of his oeuvre: questions of good and evil, religion, guilt, and violence. The film marked his first encounter with Robert De Niro, with whom he was to shoot eight films. Introduced to Warner by Coppola, he went on to direct Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, becoming one of the leading lights of New Hollywood. His smash hit came with Taxi Driver, winning the Palme d’or at Cannes in 1976. A richly diverse body of work ensued, with films such as Raging Bull, The King of Comedy, Goodfellas, The Age of Innocence or Casino. In 1990, he founded The Film Foundation to restore and preserve film heritage worldwide. He then shot five films with Leonardo DiCaprio: Gangs of New York, Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island and The Wolf of Wall Street. He is also the author of many documentaries, notably about his Italian roots and his rock idols: Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones. 



  • Who's That Knocking at My Door (1967) – Bertha Boxcar (1972)  Mean Streets (1973)  Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) – Taxi Driver (1976)  New York, New York (1977) – The Last Waltz (1978) – Raging Bull (1980) – The King of Comedy (1983)  After Hours (1985) The Color Of Money (1986) – The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)  GoodFellas (1990)  Cape Fear (1991)  The Age of Innocence (1993) – Casino (1995) – A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Throught American Movies (1995) – From Mali to Mississippi (2003) –Kundun (1997) – Bringing Out The dead (1999) – Il Mio viaggio in Italia (1999) – Gangs of New York (2002) – Aviator (2004) - No Direction Home (2005) – The Departed (2006) – Shine a Light (2008) – Shutter Island (2010) – A Letter to Elia (2010) – Public Speaking: Fran Lebowitz (2010) – Hugo Cabret (2011) – George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011) – The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) – The 50 Year Argument (2014) – Silence (2016) – The Irishman (2019) 

Their list of films

Martin Scorsese, immense réalisateur, est aussi un infatigable cinéphile, doté d'une culture cinématographique rare et engagé dans la préservation du patrimoine cinématographique mondial grâce à sa World Cinema Foundation. Comme il le dit lui-même, son amour du cinéma s’est constitué autant par les films qu'il a vus jeune et qui ont été déterminants dans sa formation, que par des films et cinéastes découverts plus tard, qu'ils soient de renommée internationale ou plus confidentiels ; tous ces films ont nourri et inspiré sa propre filmographie. LaCinetek est heureuse de vous proposer non pas une mais deux listes composées par Martin Scorsese : celle de ses "films fondateurs" et une autre, qu'il qualifie de "liste alternative".Ces listes s'accompagnent d'une lettre, particulièrement généreuse, qu'il nous a adressée et que nous vous offrons de découvrir ci-dessous.

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