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Martin Scorsese

Birth Name: 
Martin Marcantonio Luciano Scorsese
Birthday: 
Tuesday, November 17, 1942
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Birth Place: 
Queens, New York, USA
Height: 
5' 4"

After serious deliberations about entering the priesthood - he entered a seminary in 1956 - Martin Scorsese opted to channel his passions into film. He graduated from NYU as a film major in 1964. Catching the eye of producer Roger Corman with his 1960s student films (including co-editing Woodstock (1970)), Scorsese directed the gritty exploiter Boxcar Bertha (1972). Mean Streets (1973) followed in 1973 and provided the benchmarks for the Scorsese style: New York settings, loners struggling with inner demons, pointed-shoes rock-meets-opera soundtracks and unrelenting cathartic violence. "Mean Streets" also featured Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel, two actors who would help shape that style. After Scorsese directed Ellen Burstyn to a Best Actress Oscar in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974), the trio was reunited for the dark journey of Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver (1976). The film achieved additional notoriety five years after its release when Bickle's (De Niro) concern for a teenaged hooker played by Jodie Foster inspired John Hinckley's assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan in 1981. After New York, New York (1977) (which one critic described as a wife-abuse musical) and The Last Waltz (1978), Scorsese released Raging Bull (1980) dedicated to his mentor Haig Manoogian. The biography of middleweight fighter Jake LaMotta earned two Oscars (Actor - DeNiro, Editing - Thelma Schoonmaker) and was later selected as the best film of the decade by U.S. critic gods Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert. Scorsese then explored fans as pariah (The King of Comedy (1982)), dark-comic dreams (After Hours (1985)), and revisited pool shark Eddie Felson from The Hustler (1961) ( The Color of Money (1986) with Paul Newman). Scorsese outraged some religious groups by attempting to portray a human son of God in The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) before returning to more familiar territory with the Mafia in Goodfellas (1990). He followed with two films which were remakes, Cape Fear (1991) and The Age of Innocence (1993). Besides directing and co-writing, Scorsese has also acted. It's interesting to note he played the gunman at the finale of Mean Streets (1973) and the cab passenger planning to kill his wife in Taxi Driver (1976). He also had a role in Dreams (1990).

Awards and Nominations

2012 - Nominated - Best Motion Picture of the Year (Hugo)

2012 - Nominated - Best Achievement in Directing (Hugo)

2007 - Won - Best Achievement in Directing (The Departed)
2005 - Nominated - Best Achievement in Directing (The Aviator)
2003 - Nominated - Best Director (Gangs of New York)
1994 - Nominated - Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (The Age of Innocence)
1991 - Nominated - Best Director (Goodfellas)
1991 - Nominated - Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Goodfellas)
1989 - Nominated - Best Director (The Last Temptation of Christ)
1981 - Nominated - Best Director (Raging Bull)

News

Scorsese Planning To Remake The Gambler

After successfully teaming up for Oscar-grabbing crime drama remake The Departed, Martin Scorsese and writer William Monahan are looking to reunite for another reboot, with plans to make a new version of 1974 pic The Gambler.... Read more
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Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio Reteaming for 'The Wolf of Wall Street'

Martin Scorsese has come back on to direct The Wolf of Wall Street in his latest collaboration with star Leonardo DiCaprio. Sopranos writer Terry Winter wrote the adaptation of Jordan Belfort's memoir.... Read more
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Pesci and Pacino Up For The Irishman?

Exciting – if still rumour-y – news coming out of Deadline today: one of Martin Scorsese’s possible future projects, hit man tale The Irishman, which already features Robert De Niro aiming to star, has now attracted the attention of Joe Pesci and Al Pacino.... Read more
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Martin Scorcese and Robert de Niro Teaming Up for a New Gangster Film

Martin Scorsese is keen to revive a cinematic partnership with Robert De Niro that goes back to "Mean Streets" nearly 40 years ago and says the project will be related to the mobster world.... Read more
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Reviews

George Harrison: Living in the Material World (BLU-RAY)

In “George Harrison: Living in the Material World” you get a special inside look at the life of Beatles guitarist George Harrison.... Read more
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Cape Fear (BLU-RAY)

“Cape Fear” was first released in theatres in 1962. It was then remade by Martin Scorsese in 1991 and starred Robert De Niro (Max) and Nick Nolte (Sam). As of this past October, “Cape Fear” was thankfully re-released in Blu-ray format.... Read more
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Raging Bull (BLU RAY)

Genre:Biography/Sports/Drama/Action ... Read more
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Shutter Island (BLU-RAY)

Marshal Teddy Daniels arrives at Shutter Island, an asylum for the criminally insane, to help locate a missing person/patient.... Read more
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Shutter Island

Leonardo DiCaprio plays a U.S. Marshal sent to investigate an incident that occurred on Shutter Island, a remote island home to Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane.... Read more
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Videos

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Milius

Milius - A Documentary starring John Milius, Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese ... Read more
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