40 keys that you may not know about Martin Scorsese
He is one of the best directors of the last decades, with an unusual importance in the creative work that the Jury of the Princess of Asturias Award for the Arts 2018 has had well to recognize. Yours is the prize this year. We are talking about one of the most outstanding film directors of the film renewal movement that emerged in the seventies of the 20th century. He has directed more than twenty films that are already part of the history of cinema and is currently in full activity, combining in his work, with mastery, innovation and classicism. An acknowledgment that Filmin celebrates as well plays: with 81 movies you must see before dying according to Martin Scorsese , as well as 40 keys that you probably do not know about him . Congratulations, Marty .
While we get an idea of what the future holds for Scorsese and we enjoy it in Filmin with its darkest side ( “Shutter Island” ), epic ( “Gangs of New York” ) or melomaniac ( “George Harrison” ), we From Flavorwire we have a quarantine of fascinating details about your past that we shared with you in honor of Marty’s birthday.
1. Scorsese’s parents, Charles and Catherine, have appeared in his films – including his first feature film, Who’s That Knocking at My Door, Raging Bull, Goodfellas and Casino .
2. Scorsese was a sickly child. His family took him to the movies to have fun, and there he began his passion for cinema.
3. The director almost joined the priesthood. “I entered the seminary after elementary school, but they threw me out at the end of my first year because I played dumb during the prayers. They thought I was a bully, “he revealed once. Catholic themes have greatly influenced his work.
4. He was married to actress Isabella Rossellini of ” Blue Velvet “.
5. The director is a big fan of the old horror films of the Hammer , although he did not work with his friend and icon of the Hammer Christopher Lee until “The invention of Hugo” , in 2011.
6. We have to thank the director of “Doble cuerpo” and “Blow Out” , Brian De Palma , for introducing Scorsese to his frequent collaborator, Robert De Niro .
7. Marty taught director Oliver Stone at the Tisch School of the Arts , at the University of New York . He was an instructor in Stone’s Sight and Sound class – an introductory production course. “He was just a disheveled New Yorker, quick-talking and passionate about cinema ,” Stone said of the filmmaker. Scorsese also taught Spike Lee .
8. Scorsese was the director and assistant editor in the 1970 documentary “Woodstock” , the chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival.
9. Marty worked on Elvis’ 33rd and last film, “Elvis on Tour,” in 1972.
10. John Hinckley, Jr. , who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981, blamed Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver” for his crime. He was so obsessed with the character of the minor prostitute of Jodie Foster that he came to harass the actress. Hinckley thought that the shooting would impress the star and attract his attention.
11. The director was originally offered the role of Charles Manson in the 1976 TV movie “Helter Skelter,” but he rejected it.
12. “Taxi Driver” won the prestigious Palme d’Or at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival , but the film did not take home any Academy Awards – despite having been nominated in four categories.
13. The box office failure of Scorsese’s “New York, New York,” starring Robert De Niro and Liza Minnelli as two artists in a difficult relationship, led to deep depression. At that time, he was also fighting a cocaine addiction (along with Quaaludes and alcohol). When he was in Cannes in 1978, Scorsese could not find any coca, so he took a private jet to Paris, in a desperate attempt to buy some.
14. Robert De Niro encouraged Scorsese to quit the addiction after the director was on the verge of dying of an internal hemorrhage due to a drug interaction. It was then that De Niro approached him with the book “Raging Bull: My Story” , the memoirs of Jake LaMotta . De Niro had tried to start a film about history years before.
15. Marty directed an episode of Steven Spielberg’s television anthology, “Amazing Stories,” in 1986. “Mirror Mirror” follows a horror novelist who does not believe in the supernatural until he begins to see a disturbing figure when You look in a mirror.
16. During the performance of “The Last Temptation of Christ” by Scorsese, the filmmaker banned smoking on set. It was due to his asthma, but also to preserve the integrity of his biblical characters for the press. Willem Dafoe’s Jesus holding a cigarette would have caused too much fuss.
17. The original cast of “The Last Temptation of Christ” includes Aidan Quinn as Jesus, Sting as Pontius Pilate, Ray Davies as Judas Iscariot, and Vanity as Mary Magdalene.
18. Scorsese played the painter Vincent van Gogh in Akira Kurosawa’s magical realism film, “Dreams . “
19. You can see Scorsese in his 1995 movie, “Casino,” as a player at one of the tables.
20. There was a series of actresses proposed for the role of Ginger in “Casino” (played by Sharon Stone ), the unstable hustler married to a mafia boss ( Joe Pesci ), including Madonna and Traci Lords .
21. Martin Scorsese does not allow strangers access to the sets when he directs Robert De Niro.
22. Steven Spielberg almost directed “Cape Fear”, but recommended Marty for the job.
23. The director has fond memories of the Copacabana nightclub in New York, which appears in “One of Ours.” He visited the club on the night of his promotion party.
24. Scorsese is so obsessively retailer that every day he made the tie of Ray Liotta’s tie in “One of ours” to make sure that his style was the right one.
25. Scorsese’s last dog, a Bichon Frize named Zoe , used to sit on his lap while he directed his films.
26. He is a music-loving filmmaker who takes an iPod everywhere.
27. Scorsese is one of the few dozen people who are prohibited from entering Tibet. Disney discussed with the Chinese authorities about the restriction for the filming of the film by the director of 1997, “Kundun” .
28. He is extremely superstitious and has a phobia with the number 11. He was anxious during the 1970s. He used to avoid everything that had to do with the number, including a trip on November 11, or staying on the 11th floor. of a hotel.
29. Scorsese shows films for his teenage daughter Francesca and her friends every Saturday. His birthday is the day before his (on November 16).
30. He almost made a movie about comedian Richard Pryor . It would have been based on the 1995 actor’s autobiography, “Pryor Convictions: And Other Life Sentences.” Damon Wayans was chosen as Pryor, but the project fell apart.
31. Admirer of film duo Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger , it’s no surprise that a young Marty rented “The Tales of Hoffmann” on a regular basis at his local video store. Without Scorsese knowing, another budding filmmaker was obsessively renting the same movie: George Romero .
“Romero rented it weekly, saying it was always in stock because nobody else wanted to see it. One day, the employee told him that a boy from Queens had arrived first. The name of the boy: Martin Scorsese. ” We were the only children who rented that movie ,” Romero said with a smile.
32. “Duel to the Sun” by King Vidor (1946), which is about a young mestiza who lives with her Anglo-Saxon family, was the first film that Scorsese saw. He was only four years old.
33. He loves the television show Fawlty Towers .
34. In “Taxi Driver”, Scorsese appeared as an anguished passenger in the cabin of Travis Bickle , who was dying to kill his unfaithful wife. He had set another actor for the role, but that day he was sick.
35. Martin Scorsese worked as a news director for CBS television after graduating from NYU .
36. Ben Kingsley bases his characterization of the pioneering filmmaker Georges Méliès on “The invention of Hugo” in Martin Scorsese (who has a cameo in the film as a photographer).
37. He rejected Steven Spielberg’s offer to direct “Schindler’s List” . He believed that a Jewish filmmaker would be a better choice.
38. Scorsese has two regrets: he did not read more when he was younger and he never learned to cook.
39. He directed the video for “Bad” by Michael Jackson .
40. Marty draws his own storyboards .