Martin Scorsese

(redirected from Martin Scorcese)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus.
Martin Scorsese
Martin Charles Scorsese
BirthplaceQueens, New York, US
Film director, producer, actor, screenwriter
EducationCardinal Hayes High School

Scorsese, Martin

Scorsese, Martin (skôrsāˈzē, –sĕzˈē), 1942–, American film director; b. Queens, N.Y. A major figure in contemporary cinema, he grew up in Manhattan's Little Italy, attended film school at New York Univ., made his first feature-length film in 1968, and scored his first success with Mean Streets (1973). Often dealing with violent and obsessive aspects of modern America and focusing on Italian-American characters, Scorsese's films frequently feature a struggling hero and themes of sin and redemption. His major movies include Taxi Driver (1976), a harrowing urban morality tale; Raging Bull (1979), a look into the savage world of boxing; Goodfellas (1990), an exploration of the brutalities of Mob life; Gangs of New York (2002), a violent epic of life in Manhattan's 19th-century slums; and The Irishman (2019), the saga of the Mob and Jimmy Hoffa. Scorsese has often partnered with actor Robert De Niro, who has shown an ability to embody the tragic dualities of many of Scorsese's lead characters.

Among Scorsese's other films are Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974), New York, New York (1977), The King of Comedy (1983), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), The Age of Innocence (1993), Casino (1995), Kundun (1998), The Aviator (2004), The Departed (2006, Academy Award), Shutter Island (2010), Hugo (2011), an enchanting children's movie and his first 3D film, and The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), a story of greed, depravity, and stock fraud. His A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese through American Movies (1995) and Il Mio Viaggio in Italia [my journey in Italy] (2001), reflections on great filmmaking in the United States and Italy, provide revealing glimpses into the influences that have shaped his art, and his documentaries on music and musicians encompass such topics as The Band in its farewell concert (The Last Waltz, 1978), the Delta blues (Feel like Going Home, 2003), and Bob Dylan (No Direction Home, 2005 and Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese, 2019).


See D. Thompson and I. Christie, ed., Scorsese on Scorsese (rev. ed. 2004); P. Brunette, ed., Martin Scorsese: Interviews (rev. ed. 2006); biography by V. LoBrutto (2007); studies by M. Weiss (1987), D. Ehrenstein (1992), L. Keyser (1992), M. K. Connelly (1993), M. Bliss (1985 and 1995), L. Stern (1995), L. S. Friedman (1997), A. Dougan (1998), L. Grist (2000), G. Seesslen (2003), M. T. Miliora (2004), M. Nicholls (2004), B. Nyce (2004), P. A. Woods, ed. (2005), R. Casillo (2006), R. Ebert (2008), T. R. Lindlof (2008), and E. Cashmore (2009).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia™ Copyright © 2022, Columbia University Press. Licensed from Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

Scorsese, Martin

(1942–  ) film director; born in Flushing, N.Y. Small and sickly as a child, he grew up in New York City's Little Italy and entered a Catholic seminary in his early teens; he left after a year to go on to New York University's film school (where he stayed as an instructor until 1970). As a student he made several prize-winning short films; his feature directorial debut was Who's That Knocking at My Door? (1968). He made some television documentaries and another feature film but gained his first broad public with Mean Streets (1973). From then, many of his films drew upon his Italian-American heritage and often deal with masculine aggression, as in Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1979), and Cape Fear (1991). Something of a loner and not really a part of the Hollywood crowd, he showed an ability to balance his critically acclaimed films, which seem to question traditional American values, with more commercially viable movies.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
References in periodicals archive ?
The different approaches of these two authors are most apparent when they address Martin Scorcese's 1988 The Last Temptation of Christ and Mel Gibson's 2004 The Passion of the Christ.
Props and scripts from classic films by directors such as Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorcese and Stanley Kubrick can sell for huge amounts of money at auction, but more contemporary film, music and television history is also very popular among collectors.
Robertson also was the driving force behind the film The Last Waltz, The Band's 1976 farewell concert that was turned into one of the greatest rock movies and was directed by Martin Scorcese.
Director Martin Scorcese demanded the actors fight as brutally as they could to make the gang fight as real as possible.
A number of American directors (Martin Scorcese, Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Sydney Pollack, Robert Redford, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, Robert Altman and Clint Eastwood), The Artists Rights Education and Legal Defense Fund Council and the Directors Guild of America have lodged complaints in American law courts against the commercial companies that release the DVDs.
In Cape Fear, which was directed by Martin Scorcese and starred Robert DeNiro, the nuclear family is portrayed as corrupt, set against itself by lust, adultery, and dishonesty.
Several times Rafferty invokes Martin Scorcese to let us know that he isn't squeamish about violence, but he is careful to make sure that we recognize the proper sources of violence:
James (either the Lesser or the Greater) in Martin Scorcese's The Last Temptation of Christ.
The novel attracted Paul Schrader, a veteran director who has done fine screenplays for Martin Scorcese and is the author of Transcendental Style in Film.
He also includes short but interesting sections on The Satanic Verses and Martin Scorcese's film The Last Temptation of Christ.
the sexiest man I ever met); Michael Eisner, Martin Davis, Ned Tannen (who seems to forever conspire against her); Martin Scorcese (with whom she had a long affair); Peter Guber and Jon Peters.