Martin Scorsese, synonymous with New York on the big screen, turns 80


Sarah Yáñez-Richards |

New York, (EFE).- Italian-born New York filmmaker Martin Scorsese, who turned 80 this Thursday as an icon of cinema, made his directorial debut with the feature ‘Who knocks at my door” (1968) and soon The followed by successes: “Bad street” (1973) and “Taxi driver” (1976), where two of his fetishes were already seen: the Big Apple and Robert de Niro.

Another ode to the city that never sleeps is the musical “New York, New York” (1977), starring Liza Minnelli and De Niro. Despite the tape not being well received, the soundtrack, consisting of the song of the same name, became a New York anthem after rising to prominence with Frank Sinatra’s version.

Scorsese, who was born in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens and studied at New York University, where he later taught, ended that decade in San Francisco with “The Last Waltz” (1978).

In the 80s, he produced one of his most acclaimed productions: “Raging Bull” (1980), also starring De Niro who had to transform his body to embody the ups and downs of boxing champion Jake LaMotta.

Although having recovered the clamor of moviegoers, due to his drug problems following a personal crisis, Scorsese began to choose his next films more for final verification than for the project itself, as it was the case with “The King”. comedy” (1982) or “The color of money” (1986).

But the course of his career changed again with “Jo, what a night! (1985), where New York, and more particularly the district of SoHo, was one more protagonist. With this film, the filmmaker won the prize for best director at Cannes.

In “New York Stories” (1989), a film made up of three stories that have the Big Apple in common, Scorsese shares the title of director with Francis Ford Coppola and Woody Allen, two other directors also synonymous with asphalt covered with yellow taxis.

He went to Las Vegas to narrate the detective drama Casino (1995), another icon of American gangster cinema, but returned to his hometown with the acclaimed “New York Gangsters” (2002), where we see another of his favorite actors. : Leonardo DiCaprio, who is the protagonist of five of his productions. De Niro, for his part, has worked on eight of his films.

DiCaprio also starred in “The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013) to tell an acidic and ruthless portrait of the excesses, scams and egos that dominate New York’s financial district.

For his last film “The Irishman” (2019), he was nominated for the Oscar for best director. Scorsese has been nominated nearly a dozen times, but only ‘The Departed’ (2006) has won the statuette.

Her last work was the mini-series “Suppose New York is a city” (2021), in which the udder is discovered through the eyes of writer Fran Lebowitz through her walks and interviews with Martin Scorsese.

Sarah Yanez-Richards


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