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November 17

Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese and actor Robert De Niro have formed a powerful working relationship; Scorsese has cast the actor in lead roles in several of his most celebrated films.

Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images

1942: One Fearless Filmmaker
Martin Scorsese is born in Queens, New York
No one can argue that Martin Scorsese has brought a gritty new realism to movies. An asthmatic child, young Martin was often confined to bed. But all that solitary time allowed him to watch a lot of movies on TV, which helped to shape the visions behind his works. One of the most accomplished movie directors of our time, Scorsese is fearless behind a camera—unafraid to expose the violent underground of his beloved New York City in films like Mean Streets, Gangs of New York, and the especially unsettling, Taxi Driver.

He explores complex human themes of guilt and redemption, repression, and emotional conflict in films like Raging Bull, Goodfellas, and The King of Comedy. Scorsese, a 2007 Kennedy Center Honoree, has said that the movies he aims to make are “physically expressive, psychologically acute, brutally honest, and emotionally overwhelming.”
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