The great Martin Scorsese meets this Tuesday, November 17 78 years, quite an event for someone who did not plan to go over forty. Raised between priests and gangsters On the dangerous streets of New York’s Little Italy, his parents only let him go to the movies or to church. At first he was going to study for a cure, but in the end he opted for the magic of the big screen as an inveterate movie buff and there he developed an unstoppable career that was conceived as part of the New Hollywood, the group of filmmakers who revolutionized the film industry in the seventies.
A time that also marked his unstable, emotionally fragile character and the fall into a spiral of drugs and depression that began after the commercial failure of New York, New York. Your friend and fetish actor Robert DeNiro saved him from the abyss with Wild bull. Since then Scorsese has gone through ups and downs, but his love for cinema has been stronger than anything and as a director he has provided us with a list of more than sixty films that drink from violence, mafia, drugs or sex, a cocktail from which he has nurtured their own existence.
On the occasion of his birthday, we review his great movies.
Bad streets (1973)
In his first collaboration with Robert De Niro, Scorsese drew on his own youthful memories to delve into lthe streets of the mafia in New York. The chemistry between De Niro and Harvey Keitel as two Italian-American thieves is pure dynamite.
Taxi driver (1976)
Definitely, one of the great masterpieces of cinema, which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes. Taxi driver represents a descent into hell in the skin of a veteran from Vietnam (Master De Niro) who works as a night taxi driver in New York and that he is haunted by how violence and desolation dominate the city. The movie is packed with powerful imagery, anger, and trauma.
Wild Bull (1980)
Forty years have passed since the premiere of this black and white film and endowed with a dizzying montage style that traced the rise, fall and redemption of the famous boxer Jake LaMotta, played by a Robert De Niro who joined the New York director for the fourth time. Again with Paul Schrader in the script, the protagonist shared many similarities with Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver. Scorsese put off De Niro for a while to make the film that would ultimately help him regain his enthusiasm for work. Wild bull It did not originally convince critics, who saw LaMotta as “one of the most disgusting characters in film history,” as the New York Daily News wrote, but it did achieve industry recognition, receiving two Oscars for Best editing and the best male performance for De Niro.
Jo, what a night! (1985)
With this black comedy starring Griffin Dune and Rosanna Arquette he won the best director award at the Cannes festival. The film was an urban adventure that took place on a crazy night in one of the worst neighborhoods in New York.
One of Ours (1990)
Another of his colossal works is once again represented by the mafia universe What this drama of loyalties and ambitions involves where a young man fascinated by the gangsters in his neighborhood, decides to drop out of school and join a criminal organization, starting as an errand boy. Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci were amazing.
The Age of Innocence (1993)
Scorsese made a masterful adaptation of the novel by Edith Warthon, with an overwhelming staging and a magnificent starring trio of Michelle Pfeiffer, Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder.
The director returned to the world of the mafia with this dazzling thriller set in the seventies where he returned to show his mastery of the subject. Violence, ups and downs set the pace for a frenzied-spirited film that lasted almost three hours and featured a great performance by Sharon Stone, nominated for an Oscar for best actress.
Gangs of New York (2002)
Epic story centered on a New York City in 1863 dominated by corruption and street gangs. The director had Leonardo DiCaprio, another of his fetish actors later, to give life to a young Irish immigrant who wants to take revenge on Bill the butcher, the man who killed his father and who was put on the face by an insane and brilliant Daniel Day-Lewis.
The Aviator (2004)
With DiCaprio repeated being the soul of Howard Hugues in this biopic about an obsessive man, producer, industrialist and merchant, who amassed a great fortune and launched actresses like Jean Harlow to stardom. Cate Blanchett won the Oscar as a supporting actress playing Katharine Hepburn, one of Hugues’s lovers.
The Departed (2006)
its He won the only Oscar to date for best director for this intense thriller who was following a rookie police officer who infiltrated the largest organized crime gang in the city of Boston. DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson and Matt Damon headed a cast of height.
Shutter island (2010)
Based on Dennis Lehane’s novel, Scorsese wrapped us up with this psychological thriller in which DiCaprio and Mark Ruffallo were two bailiffs destined for a remote island from Boston Harbor to investigate the disappearance of a dangerous murderer. Once in the place, they will discover that the center keeps many secrets and that the island hides something more dangerous than the patients.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Again with DiCaprio on the poster like him New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort, this film was a torrent of pure energy thanks to the overflowing performance of the actor and his misdeeds on the big screen when describing the limitless ambition of a man who made his crazy way of life surrounded by money, drugs, sex and indiscretion. much power. Nominated for five Oscars, including film and direction, it did not achieve any.
The Irishman (2019)
His last job to date was for Netflix and again he returned to the world of the mafia, this time to masterfully tell the story of Frank Sheeran, the hitman who ended the life of unionist Jimmy Hoffa. The film, which lasted more than three hours, was carried out by a trio of acting aces: Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro – Scorsese’s old professional travel companions – and Al Pacino, who at 79 years old was working for the first time at the command of the American director. the Irish it obtained ten nominations to the Oscars, although it finally left empty.