“There is no such thing as simple. Simple is hard.” – Martin Scorsese
legend. Master. The OG of modern day cinema in its infinite glory. Director, writer and producer Martin Scorsese is undoubtedly one of the most influential and greatest filmmakers of all time. His visual focus and intense dedication to filmmaking has inspired generations of artists, not only in directing and screenwriting, but also aspiring artists, artisans and anyone who loves the medium.
The visionary director turns 80 on Thursday, and to celebrate his birthday, Variety His career so far has 25 narrative feature films.
I was first hypnotized by his remake of the 1962 film “Cape Fear” (1991), starring Oscar nominee Robert DeNiro and a young Juliette Lewis, whom I knew from the cult classic “My Stepmother Is Alien.” (1988). The film is framed by cutting back and forth between DeNiro’s loud voice and furious monologues, scaring me. That Oscar ceremony was the first I watched from start to finish, which saw “The Silence of the Lambs” win the “Big Five,” including Best Picture. More importantly, it showcased the Academy’s appetite for suspense and tension, something Scorsese excelled at.
From his endless list of accolades, both in the United States and internationally, he has amassed an impressive roster, including nine Oscar nominations for Best Director, none alive, and second to William Wyler’s 12 overall. These include “Raging Bull” (1980), “The Last Temptation of Christ” (1988), “Goodfellas” (1990), “Gangs of New York” (2002), “The Aviator” (2004), “The Departed” . (2006), “Hugo” (2011), “The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013) and “The Irishman” (2019). His only accolade is for the 2006 remake of “Infernal Affairs,” which also won best picture, adapted screenplay (William Monahan) and editing (Thelma Schoonmaker).
His entire filmography has grossed over $2.1 billion worldwide. On the domestic side, his total films rank among the top 50 highest-grossing directors in history. Born in New York City to Italian parents, he is known for his undying love for movies, and it has been reciprocated more than ten times. After attending Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, Scorsese initially set out to become a priest and attended a preparatory seminary but dropped out after his first year. He later enrolled at New York University with a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in education.
After making several short films in the 1960s, he made his directorial debut “Who’s Knocking at My Door” (1967), originally titled “I Call First,” starring fellow Tisch School actor Harvey Kittel and longtime editor Schoonmaker. From there, he went on the run, working with countless actors, many of whom have been embraced by Academy Awards. Some of them are Ellen Burstyn for “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” (1974), Robert DeNiro for “Raging Bull”, Paul Newman for “The Color of Money” (1986), Joe Pesci for “Goodfellas” and Kate are included. Blanchett for “The Aviator.”
Next up for Scorsese will be his adaptation of David Grann’s book “Killer of the Flower Moon,” which reunites him with his frequent musical and Oscar winners Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, Jesse Plemons, Lily Gladstone and Brendan Fraser. Distributed by Apple Original Films, it is expected to be released in 2023.
Read on of variety Below is a ranking of his 25 narrative feature films.
“Death comes in an instant, and it’s true, the person is gone in less than 24 frames of film.”