45 years in the business and still going strong, Martin Scorsese has been leading the way in the art of filmmaking for almost half a century and there are no signs of him letting up any time soon.
Born on 17th November 1942 in New York City Martin Scorsese is regarded as the greatest American filmmaker of his generation. The reasons for this are abundant. As you look at his repertoire of outstanding films including Mean Streets (1973), Taxi Driver (1976) and Raging Bull (1980), all voted into the 360 greatest movies of all time by Sight and Sound magazine and the British Film Institute.
Scorsese’s illustrious career began at New York University, he received his M.A in film in 1966. His first outing as a director was in 1969, a feature called, Who’s That Knocking at My Door, while it only got a limited release, it did generate good critique. In the coming years, he took a back seat as an editor on numerous films, until taking up the reins on a production called Boxcar Bertha in 1972. This film received little acclaim and was lacking in almost all of the aspects of a Scorsese picture that we would later take for granted.
1973 marks a momentous year for both Scorsese and American film history. The release of Mean Streets, featuring Robert De Niro and Harvery Keitel, is considered an inspiration for many of the most respected directors today, Quentin Tarantino often cites it as one of his biggest inspirations. Mean Streets was the first pairing of Scorsese and Robert De Niro, an actor that would appear in many of his upcoming films.