An impressive tribute to the career of a colourful personality, a legend of film, an icon: After being celebrated at the Lumière Festival in Lyon lately, the director of Taxi Driver, Good Fellas and The Wolf of Wall Street Martin Scorsese was looking back to his life’s work and pointing out one of the reason of making films: “Younger audiences today know the world only through images and they are in desperate need of guidance. We need a dialogue and need to listen and understand each other. Cinema is the best medium for that, it is more powerful than a clip shot with a smartphone.”

And as earlier this week Scorsese visited Paris for the vernissage of his retrospective at the Cinémathèque française, a closer look now can be drawn at his prolific career and its impact on the American film. Originally designed by the Deutsche Kinemathek Berlin, the retrospective is a interaction of photographs, storyboards – the first one was designed when Scorsese was 11-years-old –, screenplays, handwritten notes and documents, which cover his filmography. The exhibition covers a collection of the director himself, as well as from the private collections of Robert De Niro, Michael Ballhaus and Paul Schrader.

   “Younger audiences today know the world only through images and they are in desperate need of guidance.”

Scorsese, who was born in 1942 in Queens, New York, spent his chilhood in Little Italy, Manhattan. It was in the early 60s when he attended New York University’s film school and completed with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Fine Arts in film. It was not a surprise that he turned out to be a pathological lover of cinema, as he spent many nights there. Sometimes also with his mother Catherine Scorsese, who took part in some of his films such as Good Fellas. During that impressive tribute to his career at the Lumière in Lyon, Scorsese noted that his next film “Silence” took him ten years to finish it due to legal problems. Based on a novel by Shusaku Endo, the film is about two Jesuits in Japan. And luckily the shooting just ended in Taiwan. Its release is scheduled for 2016.

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Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Wolf of Wall Street”, 2013 © MMXIII TWOWS, LLC


Jodie Foster, Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese in “Taxi Driver”, 1976 © Martin Scorsese Collection, New York


Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro in “Casino”, 1995 © Martin Scorsese Collection, New York


Michael Ballhaus, Photography Director, in “The Color of Money”, 1986 © Martin Scorsese Collection, New York


Taxi Driver, 1976 © Columbia Pictures


Ray Liotta, Robert DeNiro, Paul Sorvino, Martin Scorsese and Joe Pesci in “Good Fellas”, 1990 © Martin Scorsese Collection, New York