Martin Charles Scorsese (born November 17, 1942) is an American director, producer, screenwriter, and film historian, whose career spans more than 50 years. Scorsese's body of work addresses such themes as Sicilian-American identity, Roman Catholic concepts of guilt and redemption, faith, machismo, modern crime, and gang conflict. Many of his films are also known for their depiction of violence and liberal use of profanity.
Part of the New Hollywood wave of filmmaking, he is widely regarded as one of the most significant and influential filmmakers in cinematic history. In 1990, he founded The Film Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to film preservation, and in 2007 he founded the World Cinema Foundation. He is a recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award for his contributions to the cinema, and has won an Academy Award, a Palme d'Or, Cannes Film Festival Best Director Award, Silver Lion, Grammy Award, Emmys, Golden Globes, BAFTAs, and DGA Awards.
He has directed works such as the crime film Mean Streets (1973), the vigilante-thriller Taxi Driver (1976), the biographical sports drama Raging Bull (1980), the black comedies The King of Comedy (1983), and After Hours (1985), the religious epic drama The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), the crime film Goodfellas (1990), the psychological thriller Cape Fear (1991) and the crime film Casino (1995), some of which he collaborated on with actor and close friend Robert De Niro. Scorsese has also been noted for his successful collaborations with actor Leonardo DiCaprio, having directed him in five films, beginning with Gangs of New York (2002) and most recently The Wolf of Wall Street (2013). Their third film together, The Departed, won Scorsese the Academy Award for Best Director in addition to the film winning the award for Best Picture. Their collaborations have resulted in numerous Academy Award nominations for both as well as them winning several other prestigious awards.
Scorsese's other film work includes the concert film The Last Waltz (1978), the biographical drama The Aviator (2004), the psychological thriller Shutter Island (2010), the historical adventure drama Hugo (2011) and the religious epic Silence (2016). His work in television includes the pilot episode of the HBO series Boardwalk Empire and Vinyl, the latter of which he also co-created. He won the Academy Award for Best Director for the crime drama The Departed (2006). With eight Best Director nominations, he is the most nominated living director and is tied with Billy Wilder for the second most nominations overall.
Martin Charles Scorsese (New York, 17 novembre 1942) è un regista, sceneggiatore, attore e produttore cinematografico statunitense.
Esponente della New Hollywood, è considerato uno dei maggiori e più importanti registi della storia del cinema. Temi centrali dei suoi film sono la violenza istintiva dell'uomo e il suo rapporto con la colpa, il peccato e la religione. Il suo stile, spesso caratterizzato da sequenze virtuosistiche e violenza iperrealista, trae ispirazione dalla Nouvelle Vague francese, dal Neorealismo italiano e dal cinema indipendente di John Cassavetes.
Rilevanti nella sua carriera i sodalizi con Daniel Day-Lewis, Harvey Keitel, Joe Pesci e soprattutto con Robert De Niro e Leonardo DiCaprio. Tra i numerosi premi cinematografici ricevuti, l'Oscar alla miglior regia nel 2007 per The Departed - Il bene e il male, la Palma d'oro al Festival di Cannes nel 1976 per Taxi Driver, il Leone d'oro alla carriera al Festival del cinema di Venezia nel 1995 e tre Golden Globe come miglior regista nell'ultimo decennio.
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