Readily referred to as the greatest living filmmaker, Martin Scorsese constantly innovates and re-invents the cinematic form. From his first feature, that acted as a New Yorker’s take on a French New Wave film, to his slingshot into stardom in the 70s, to now, Scorsese has always been a risk-taker and it’s because of these risks that his films are all so exciting!
Scorsese began making self-produced short films before working with Roger Corman and eventually being able to make Mean Streets. It was after Mean Streets that Scorsese was able to slowly build up his resume by working on bigger and bigger pictures. Taxi Driver, which we already discussed this year in another series, sent him into the stratosphere and it was from there on out that Scorsese truly started making some monumental films.
Raging Bull opened the 80s and he followed it up with The King of Comedy, After Hours, The Color of Money, and his passion project The Last Temptation of Christ. The latter of those films polarized audiences and showed Scorsese taking on his religious subject matter head first for the first time.
In the 90s, Scorsese continued his success with Goodfellas, Cape Fear, and Casino which showed that regardless of the decades that past, Scorsese is still one of the most technically and creatively gifted filmmakers of our time. Into the 00s Scorsese has continued to polarize audiences with films like The Departed, the Wolf of Wall Street, and Silence.
Below are some more in-depth reviews on the films we talked about this past week for our Film of the Day series!