Ranking all 25 of Martin Scorsese’s narrative films, from “Goodfellas” to “The Departed,” as he turns 80.

No such thing as simplicity exists. Simple is difficult. Mr. Scorsese

Master. Legend. The original of contemporary cinema, in all its magnificence. Martin Scorsese is unquestionably one of the most important and legendary directors, writers, and producers in movie history. Generations of artists have been influenced by his emotional intensity and intense devotion to filmmaking, including prospective directors and screenwriters as well as performers, craftspeople, and anybody who loves the medium.

Thursday marks the visionary director’s 80th birthday, and to honour him, Variety has ranked the 25 narrative feature films he has produced thus far.

With his 1991 version of the 1962 picture “Cape Fear,” directed by Martin Scorsese and starring an Oscar-nominated Robert DeNiro and a young Juliette Lewis, who I had previously seen in the cult classic “My Stepmother is an Alien,” Scorsese first mesmerised me (1988). I was frightened by the film’s graphic framing, which alternates between DeNiro’s noisy and loud monologues. The Oscars ceremony in which “The Silence of the Lambs” won the “Big Five,” including best picture, was the first one I ever watched from beginning to end. More significantly, it demonstrated the Academy’s taste for suspense and tension—two things that Scorsese is very good at.

He has accumulated a long number of achievements, both domestically and abroad, including nine Oscar nominations for best director, the most of any living person and second only to William Wyler’s 12 nominations total. In addition to “Raging Bull” from 1980, “The Last Temptation of Christ” from 1988, “Goodfellas” from 1990, “Gangs of New York” from 2002, “The Aviator” from 2004, “The Departed” from 2006, “Hugo” from 2011, “The Wolf of Wall Street” from 2013, and “The Irishman” from 2013, these films also contain (2019). The 2006 remake of “Infernal Affairs,” which also won best picture, adapted screenplay (William Monahan), and editing, is the only award he has received (Thelma Schoonmaker).

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Killers of the Flower MoonCourtesy of Apple

His filmography as a whole has brought in more than $2.1 billion globally. His whole filmography places him among the top 50 filmmakers in terms of domestic box office success. He is renowned for his unwavering love of cinema, which has been returned ten times over. He was born to Italian parents in New York City. Scorsese initially intended to become a priest and enrolled in a preparatory seminary after graduating from Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx; however, he left after the first year. Later, he attended New York University and graduated with a master’s degree in education and a bachelor’s degree in English.

He produced a number of short films in the 1960s before directing his first feature picture, “Who’s That Knocking at My Door” (1967), which starred Harvey Keitel, a fellow Tisch School actor, and veteran editor Schoonmaker. From there, he was off and running, working with a tonne of actors, many of whom have received Academy Award nominations. Among them are Oscar winners Joe Pesci for “Goodfellas,” Paul Newman for “The Color of Money,” Robert DeNiro for “Raging Bull,” Ellen Burstyn for “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” (1974), and Cate Blanchett for “The Aviator.”

The David Grann book “Killers of the Flower Moon,” which Scorsese will adapt next, brings together the Oscar winners and regular collaborators Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert DeNiro with Jesse Plemons, Lily Gladstone, and Brendan Fraser. It’s scheduled for release in 2023 and will be distributed by Apple Original Films.

The list of his 25 narrative feature films, as ranked by Variety, is below.

Death occurs suddenly, and that is the reality; the person is gone in less than 24 frames of film.

Article originally published : https://variety.com/

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