85 films that influenced Martin Scorsese

Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese

Over the course of a four hour interview Fast Company conducted with Martin Scorsese, a director you may have heard of (his latest film HUGO picked up 5 Oscars on Sunday for best cinematography, art direction, and other technical achievements), Scorsese made references to 85 different films. Fast Company organized these films from A to Z (including the director’s comments about them) with the “cumulative total reflecting a life lived entirely within the confines of movie making, from his days as a young asthmatic child watching a tiny screen in Queens, New York to today, when Scorsese is as productive as he’s ever been in his career–and more revered than ever by the industry that once regarded him as a troublesome outsider.” Replace “movie making” with “Internet meme observing” and this could be the summary of my life. Anyhoo, it’s an interesting browse for any fan of Scorsese or film buffs that underscores his deep knowledge.

Gordon Willis did the same dark filming trick on The Godfather as he had done on Klute. And now audiences accepted it, and went along with it, and every director of photography and now every director of photography of the past 40 years owes him the greatest debt, for changing the style completely–until now, of course, with the advent of digital.

What’s next for Scorsese? Perhaps this comment from a Rolling Stone interview last year gives us an (awesome) idea:

My wish for next year is to get my friends Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio together. Not for pasta – in a movie directed by me. I’ve done eight films with Bob, four with Leo. They are my friends and collaborators. Now I want to join them up. It’s my dream. And I’m going to make it happen.

In the meantime, my favorite moment from this year’s Academy Awards: Scorsese immortalized as a trigger in the Oscars drinking game.

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