13 Amazing Facts You Did Not Know About Martin Scorsese

1. Part of the New Hollywood wave of filmmaking, he is widely regarded as one of the most significant and influential filmmakers in cinema history.

2. In 1990, he founded The Film Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to film preservation, and in 2007 he founded the World Cinema Foundation.

3. His work in television includes the pilot episode of the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.

4. He won the Academy Award for Best Director for the crime drama The Departed .

5. With eight Best Director nominations, he is the most nominated living director, and is tied with Billy Wilder for the second most nominations overall.

6. Scorsese was raised in a devoutly Catholic environment. As a boy he had asthma and could not play sports or do any activities with other children and so his parents and his older brother would often take him to movie theaters; it was at this stage in his life that he developed a passion for cinema.

7. As a teenager in the Bronx, Scorsese frequently rented Powell and Pressburger’s The Tales of Hoffmann from a store that had one copy of the reel.

8. Scorsese was one of only two people who regularly rented that reel.

9. The other was future Night Of The Living Dead director George A. Romero.

10. Scorsese has cited Sabu and Victor Mature as his favorite actors during his youth and has spoken of the influence of the 1947 Powell and Pressburger film Black Narcissus, whose innovative techniques later impacted his filmmaking. Enamored of historical epics in his adolescence, at least two films of the genre, Land of the Pharaohs and El Cid, appear to have had a deep and lasting impact on his cinematic psyche.

11. Scorsese also developed an admiration for neorealist cinema at this time.

12. He recounted its influence in a documentary on Italian neorealism, and commented on how Bicycle Thieves alongside Paisà, Rome, Open City inspired him and how this influenced his view or portrayal of his Sicilian roots.

13. His most famous short of the period is the darkly comic The Big Shave , which features Peter Bernuth.

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