Martain Scorsese's Film Career Essay

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Martin Scorsese has been called a "directing god by movie critic, Roger Ebert. He has been called the "most influential and best director of their time" by fellow director, George Lucas. Director Martin Scorsese has been an influential director for the past twenty years. Scorsese is in the 60's class of directors that include, Francis Coppola, George Lucas, Brian De Palma, and Steven Spielberg. Scorsese is associated with this class of artists because his movies have changed the film industry of America.The impact of Scorsese can be shown in a number of ways. His style of directing, the films that he has made, and also the relationships that he has made in the film industry. The first is his directorial skills, which are second to none. Scorsese doesn't just set up the scene, he paints images and feelings into the viewers mind by using camera shots that have become his trademark. Another reason for his great success is the films that he directs and the actors he uses. He also has picked certain actors (notable Robert DeNiro) to portray his characters. In the ruthless business of Hollywood, Scorsese has built loyalties to actor, screen writes and editors who he uses in many of his films.Martin Scorsese was born on November 17, 1942 in the East Side of Queens, New York, in an area called "Little Italy." Little Italy consisted of about ten blocks, but as Scorsese talks about it, each block had there own "boundaries" where everyone stayed. He grew up on Elizabeth Street, and he spent much of his time in the movie theater. As he was growing up, he had strong Catholic roots in his Italian heritage that would later influence such films as, Mean Streets and Goodfellas. Growing up, Scorsese was not thinking of becoming a director, but rather a priest, and even went to college to become a priest. He ended up dropping out his first semester, and then attending New York University film school. At NYU, he made several student films that received honors from the school. One short film called, Who's That Knocking At My Door starred a young Harvey Keitel. Scorsese financed and made this film entirely by himself. He went on to making documentaries, and then was hired by producer Roger Corman and directed a low budget film, Boxcar Bertha. This opened the door to Hollywood productions. In 1973, he made his first New York set film, Mean Streets which was a powerful portrayal of life in "Little Italy." This film showed the talent he possessed as well as started a relationship with actor Robert DeNiro who would star in eight more Scorsese films. Scorsese's next film was, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore in 1975 which was a big popular success. The following year, he made one of his best films, Taxi Driver, a disturbing story of a loner cab driver who goes on a mission to clean up the streets. The film received worldwide recognition, and Scorsese moved into a place as an elite director.Scorsese moved on and made the musical New York, New York that was a tribute to the...

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