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Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese


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Born: November 17, 1942 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Flushing, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...


Scorsese suffers from chronic asthma

He was honored with a Congressional Arts Caucus Award for his vision in making and preserving movies in 1991.

Scorsese received a honorary doctorate from New York University in 1992.

Honored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center in 1998

He received the Torch of Liberty Award from the ACLU in 1999. There was some controversy over the award as the ACLU had defended the Hollywood Ten during the 1950s McCarthy era and Scorsese had championed the honoring of Elia Kazan (who "named names") at the 1999 Academy Awards.

"Once we're thrown into the middle of the characters' world, and we start to feel comfortable with them, they hopefully become less strange and different to us--whether it's Nicky [Santoro, played by Joe Pesci] or the Dalai Lama." --Martin Scorsese quoted in American Cinematographer, February 1998

On "Kundun": "Basically, it's the story of a little boy, and we only see what he sees; that's why it's the perfect Disney movie." --Scorsese in Interview, January 1998

"I would love to be able to--and this ego speaking--grow as a filmmaker. Which means that I have to assume I had something as a filmmaker to start with, and I'm not sure about that anymore. Some of my films are very strong, I think. I'll sign them any day. But I wonder if I had any place to go to begin with. I know I had it with 'Mean Streets', I'll tell you that. I honestly don't think I had enough money or time to execute it the way I wanted to, but the force of the actors blasted through it. The other stuff? I don't know. ... I would like my pictures to speak to people in the future, and to mean something to them. And I'm trying like hell, but it's very hard in this marketplace." --Scorsese in Interview, January 1998

Question: "What do you think people's biggest misconception about you is?

Scorcese: "Because of the movies I make, they get nervous, because they think of me as difficult and angry. I AM difficult and angry [laughs], but they don't expect a sense of humor. And the only thing that gets me through is a sense of humor. ..."

--From "Good Fella" in Time Out New York, December 24, 1997-January 8, 1998

Made a chevalier in the French Legion of Honor in 1998.

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