Happy 78th Birthday Martin Scorsese!
Updated: Jan 28, 2022
I mean is there any doubt in anyone's mind that Mr. Scorcese should receive title of being the Godfather of Cinema? Because he is.
We want to send you special birthday wishes here from MobCity Productions and say, THANK YOU SO MUCH for your dedication to the craft of making movies. Let me tell you, we need you. You have inspired so many, audiences, filmmakers alike.
You are a true guru filmmaker.
"I can’t think of another filmmaker (American or otherwise) who’s compiled as many masterpieces and near-masterpieces as he has during his six decades behind the camera. Even now, at age 78, there’s no shortage of major studios and steaming services who would kill to be in business with him. I mean, who else could have gotten Netflix to fork over $160 million to make a three-and-a-half hour gangster epic like The Irishman with no strings attached and no questions asked?" #esquire #fact
Sweet little share... When I was studying filmmaking at the New York Film Academy Filmmaking program, in New York, each student had to choose a director and speak about their craft and skills and what makes them great in our eyes. Well naturally the first choice was Martin Scorcese, and David Fincher was on my list of two and I chose Scorcese over a fight. I won, and got to brag write about my favorite director of all time. Not only did he make all my favorite movies ever growing up with all my favorite actors ever, Leonardo Di Caprio, Rovert DeNiro, Joe Pesci, oh Joe Pesci in GoodFellas, all the classics, all the way back to After Hours. I remember sitting in the theater where we often screened movies, or thesis projects or just classics on a random weekend night in the heart of the city. I had my bag of candy we could not bring in, and I was glued. Like nobody's business.
After Hours was playing and I was running in a minute late due to the New York traffic. My seat right in the middle at the very top row was magically available and every other seat taken, full house!
That movie got my mind racing with ideas, What I wanted to create next, and that inspired by short film, Blue Sunrise, as I casted a New Yorker tough guy coping with the loss of his mom. Probably too dramatic...
Back to the class bio project on our favorite director. I realized I had watched everyone of his movies, so my research was updated. It wasn't until I watched GoodFellas again and couldn't help
but notice the never ending shot that lasted at least 2 minutes! Oh the writing began...
"A two-and-half minute single shot follows mobster Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) and his wide-eyed new girlfriend, Karen (Lorraine Bracco), as they enter the Copacabana club. They don’t enter through the front door like the rest of the riff raff, but through the back door, down the stairwell, through the kitchen, and straight to the front of the stage, where a table is waiting just for them.
The sequence is a spaceship taking off from a launch pad, filled with sensuality, dizziness, and the pure fun that comes with being in the mafia in the mid-20th century. It also helps that the song Scorsese uses to soundtrack the entire sequence, The Crystal’s 1963 “Then He Kissed Me” evokes the same feelings all by itself. The scene single-handedly expresses the film’s theme of moral corruption while also making us want to sell our souls to the mafia underworld immediately just so we can have a tiny piece of this VIP dinner." #thespool
His humility throughout and his authenticity to his new york routes always kept him grounded in the light. I have to admit, their truly isn't another director, or producer, or writer I would rather work with in the world than Scorcese.. said everyone.
“Scorsese's body of work explores themes such as Italian-American identity, Catholic concepts of guilt and redemption, faith, machismo, nihilism, crime and tribalism. Many of his films are known for their depiction of violence, and the liberal use of profanity and rock music.
In 1990, he founded The Film Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to film preservation, in 2007 he founded the World Cinema Foundation and in 2017, he introduced the African Film Heritage Project. 😎✨
In 1967 Scorsese's first feature film Who's That Knocking at My Door was released and was accepted into the Chicago Film Festival, where critic Roger Ebert saw it and called it "a marvelous evocation of American city life, announcing the arrival of an important new director".
In 2007, Scorsese was presented with the Kennedy Center Honor at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for his influence in American culture.
Scorsese is also a recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award for his contributions to the cinema, and has won an Academy Award, a Palme d'Or, a Cannes Film Festival Award, a Silver Lion, a Grammy Award, three Primetime Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, three BAFTA Awards, and two Directors Guild of America Awards.” To read more click here. #wiki #martinscorsese 😍💫 🥳 🌹🎬🥇 🎈✨