A Little Bit About Martin Scorsese

If there was a hall of fame, a Coopers Town for movie directors—they would need more than a plaque to honor Martin Scorsese

–       Charlie Rose


Born in the year 1942, on November 17 in Flushing, New York City, a young Martin Scorsese served as an alter boy at a Catholic Church in the tough streets of New York’s Lower East Side. With this early and often exposure to the Catholic Church, young Marty had great aspirations to become a priest. This was his plan for when he became a grown-up, but Martin had a severe case of asthma. To combat the smog from the Big Apple and the thick, humid air of summer days, Marty found refuge in the cool, air of New York’s abundant movie theatres. The stories he was exposed to there on screen inspired him to ditch the gig to become a priest and turn his sights on making movies.

Martin’s culture growing up in New York City was continuously surrounded by Italian culture. Martin’s parents, Charles and Catherine were both full-blooded Italians from the Little Italy district of Manhattan. Along with frequent visits to the movie theatres, Martin’s parents worked as part-time actors as Marty grew up. *Trivia points: Joe Peschi’s Mother in Goodfellas is actually played by Martin’s Mother, Catherine. Growing up watching movies, Martin was in intrigued by westerns. One of Martin’s early memories of going to a western was Duel in the Sun. When Charles bought a TV in the fifties, Martin would watch Italian Films on Friday nights. Some of these Italian films that were influential for Martin were Pizon, Open City, and Shoe Shine.


Growing up and living in New York City is extremely important for Martin Scorsese. That is why a number of his films take place in New York City: Taxi Driver, Mean Streets, Goodfellas, Raging Bull, etc. Along with incorporating New York City culture into his films, Martin is a huge fan of classic rock music. His motifs include incorporating at least one Rolling Stones song in his films, sometimes numerous others. Much of his choices in music to incorporate in his films also include crooners of the fifties and sixties. Along with just incorporating music in his films, he includes musicians in his films: David Bowie in Last Temptation of Christ, Gwen Stefani in The Aviator, and Frankie Valli in Casino.

Martin is also known for an over exaggeration of psychological problems within his main characters. This is clearly shown in Taxi Driver as well as Cape Fear. Lately, The Aviator and Shutter Island have displayed psychological problems within characters. Speaking of The Avaitor, Martin’s films are often based on true stories of people: Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Casino, and an upcoming Frank Sinatra biopic—that will probably star Leo Dicaprio. Yeah, if you’ve noticed Marty likes to keep his cast members similar from film to film: Dicaprio, Di Nero, Peschi are his go-to-guys.

For The Departed, Martin Scorsese finally won the Oscar for Best Director, which was presented to him by his old film school chums, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Francis Ford Coppolla. Although Marty has only won Best Director once, he is without a doubt one of the most prolific and revolutionary filmmakers to ever decide to make films. He makes his characters come alive and his audiences hold on, for one hell of a cinematic ride.


This Information was taken from


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mo_zTU7ME_A – Charlie Rose

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFlTozyvrng – Inside the Actors Studio


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