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I first heard of scorsese when i saw Goodfellas, i LOVED the film, and i soon grew a huge interest in Martin Scorsese himself. I've watched nearly all his films counteless times (my favs beingthe age of innocence, gangs of new york, goodfellas, taxi driver and the last temptation of christ.). despite most have a dark view of things, martin's vision adds a power to the films and keeps the audience (and the actors) interested. he seems like a great guy , and he truly is a god amongst directors.

Martin Scorsese has deservedly earned a reputation as one of the leading filmmakers of his generation. He has a style all his own, and can be mentioned in the same breath with directors such as Woody Allen when talking about artists who have helped clearly define the image of New York City on-screen.

Growing up in the tough downtown neighborhood of New York's Little Italy would help Scorsese later on in his career, as he would draw on these experiences to help inject his films with gritty realism and street-smart savvy.

His first critical success, in fact, was the largely autobiographical street-epic Mean Streets (1973), where most of the incidents depicted were drawn from personal memory.

The picture garnered him the Best Film Award from the New York Film Critics Circle, and, of equal importance, was also the first of his eight collaborations with Robert De Niro.
In fact, it is with De Niro that Scorsese has achieved his greatest fame. In 1976, they teamed up for Taxi Driver, a film that earned several top prizes (Cannes, NY Film Critics), as well as thrust De Niro into superstardom. Scorsese teamed up with his favorite actor once again in 1977's New York, New York, before going on to make what has been named the Best Film of the Decade by numerous magazine and critics' polls -- 1980's Raging Bull. The picture received eight Academy Award? nominations, including Scorsese's first as director.

During the eighties, Scorsese worked consistently, although not with the same degree of success as in the previous decade. He memorably brought Paul Newman's "Fast" Eddie Felson (first seen in The Hustler) back to the screen in 1986 with The Color of Money, the film that would earn Newman his only Best Actor Oscar?. Two years later, he outraged many with his controversial depiction of a more "human" savior in The Last Temptation of Christ. Despite all the controversy surrounding the picture, it still earned Scorsese a second Academy Award? nomination, and the respect of many critics.

In 1990, Scorsese and seven other prominent filmmakers created the Film Foundation, which serves as an intermediary between the studios and film archives to encourage the restoration and preservation of the films in their libraries. A tireless supporter of film preservation, Scorsese has done much to increase public awareness regarding this issue.

During this decade, Scorsese returned to familiar territory with several of his projects. GoodFellas (1990) and Casino (1995)--both starring Robert De Niro --were gangster dramas, while The Age of Innocence (1993) allowed him to once more explore his favorite city--New York--albeit in the 19th century. Additionally, he remade the Gregory Peck/Robert Mitchum classic Cape Fear (1991), tackled Tibetan spirituality with Kundun (1997), and revisited the urban drama with Bringing Out the Dead (1999), starring Nicolas Cage.

Scorsese is set to make another big splash with his latest feature--Gangs of New York--where he will again use New York as the backdrop in which his tales unfold.