32 Facts About Martin Scorsese

1. Martin Scorsese was the executive producer of the film Brides, which was directed by Pantelis Voulgaris and starred Victoria Haralabidou, Damian Lewis, Steven Berkoff, and Kosta Sommer.

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2. Martin Scorsese has often said he thinks De Niro's best work under his direction was Rupert Pupkin in The King of Comedy.

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3. Martin Scorsese often casts the same actors in his films, particularly Robert De Niro, who collaborated with Scorsese for eight feature films and one short film.

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4. Martin Scorsese often uses long tracking shots, as seen in Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, Casino, Gangs of New York, and Hugo.

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5. Martin Scorsese was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Oxford on 20 June 2018.

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6. Martin Scorsese was awarded the Polish Gold Medal for Merit to Culture—Gloria Artis on April 11, 2017, in recognition of his contribution to Polish cinema.

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7. Martin Scorsese was the first filmmaker chosen for the honor.

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8. In 2011, Martin Scorsese received an honorary doctorate from the National Film School in Lodz.

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9. Martin Scorsese married the writer Julia Cameron in 1976; they have a daughter, but the marriage lasted only a year.

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10. Martin Scorsese has expressed interest in directing an adaptation of Home, the 2008 novel by Marilynne Robinson.

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11. Martin Scorsese had reported that his long-planned Frank Sinatra biopic was coming up, with Phil Alden Robinson writing the screenplay.

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12. Martin Scorsese directed the pilot for Vinyl written by Terence Winter and George Mastras, with Mick Jagger producing and Mastras as showrunner.

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13. Martin Scorsese directed The Audition, a short film that served as a promotional piece for casinos Studio City in Macau and City of Dreams in Manila, Philippines.

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14. Martin Scorsese produced several documentaries, such as The Soul of a Man and Lightning in a Bottle (directed by Antoine Fuqua).

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15. Martin Scorsese lost again, this time to director Clint Eastwood for Million Dollar Baby.

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16. In 1999 Martin Scorsese produced a documentary on Italian filmmakers titled Il Mio Viaggio in Italia, known as My Voyage to Italy.

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17. Martin Scorsese produced a wide range of films, including major Hollywood studio productions, low-budget independent films (The Grifters, Naked in New York, Grace of My Heart, Search and Destroy, The Hi-Lo Country), and even foreign film (Con gli occhi chiusi).

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18. Since the 1990s, Martin Scorsese has increased his role as a film producer.

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19. In 1990, Martin Scorsese acted in a small role as Vincent van Gogh in the film Dreams by Japanese director Akira Kurosawa.

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20. Martin Scorsese still found time for a four-hour documentary in 1995, titled A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies, offering a thorough trek through American cinema.

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21. The film marked the first time Martin Scorsese used wide-screen Panavision with an aspect ratio of 2.35:1.

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22. Martin Scorsese made a brief venture into television, directing an episode of Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories.

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23. Martin Scorsese made a brief cameo appearance in the film Anna Pavlova, originally intended to be directed by one of his heroes, Michael Powell.

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24. In 1983, Martin Scorsese began work on a long-cherished personal project, The Last Temptation of Christ, based on the 1951 novel written by Nikos Kazantzakis that retold the life of Christ in human rather than divine terms.

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25. From this work onwards, Martin Scorsese's films are always labeled as "A Martin Scorsese Picture" on promotional material.

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26. Martin Scorsese helped provide footage for the documentary Elvis on Tour.

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27. In 1972, Martin Scorsese made the Depression-era exploiter Boxcar Bertha for B-movie producer Roger Corman, who helped directors such as Francis Ford Coppola, James Cameron, and John Sayles launch their careers.

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28. Martin Scorsese became friends with the influential "movie brats" of the 1970s: Brian De Palma, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg.

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29. Martin Scorsese recounted its influence in a documentary on Italian neorealism, and commented on how Bicycle Thieves alongside Paisa, Rome, Open City inspired him and how this influenced his view or portrayal of his Sicilian roots.

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30. Martin Scorsese developed an admiration for neorealist cinema at this time.

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31. Martin Scorsese has cited Sabu and Victor Mature as his favorite actors during his youth.

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32. Martin Scorsese was born on November 17, 1942, in New York City's Queens borough.

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