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Martin Scorsese Turns 70: A Look Back at His Legendary Career

Written by on November 17, 2012 

Today marks the 70th birthday of Martin Scorsese, an event any cinephile worth their weight in reel cans would deem a cause for celebration. We figured the same and, in lieu of a long, textual retrospective, we’ve opted to bring you a unique rundown of his 45-year (and counting) career, from 1967’s grainy, off-the-cuff Who’s That Knocking at My Door to last year’s beautiful and meticulous Hugo. Paired with each film are interviews, documentaries, behind-the-scenes photos, essays, or other fun bits that, all told, should only lend a greater insight into all 22 pictures.

Now, as much as we love The Last Waltz, No Direction Home, Living in the Material World, and so on, it’s been decided to only focus on the narrative output. If you’ve never seen any of what’s listed above (including the “so on”), however, please make an effort to seek them out. It’s what Marty would want. Check out the rundown over the next four pages, with each title equipped with a behind-the-scenes photo of the legendary director on his respective set.

Who’s That Knocking at My Door (1967)

Kartina Richardson takes a look back at Who’s That Knocking at My Door in a video essay. [Mirror Film]

Adrian DanksWho’s That Knocking at My Door analysis for Cinémathèque Annotations on Film. [Senses of Cinema]


Boxcar Bertha (1972)

Writer Chris Wilkinson looks back at Boxcar Bertha in video commentary.


Mean Streets (1973)

Scott Foundas hosts 50-minute Q&A with Martin Scorsese for Mean Streets at Lincoln Center.

John Greco looks back on Mean Streets thirty six years later. [Twenty Four Frames]


Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974)

Lorraine LoBianco looks back on Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore for Turner Classic Movies. [TCM]


Taxi Driver (1976)

Taxi Driver storyboard to video comparison.

Taxi Driver audio commentary from Martin Scorsese and writer Paul Schrader.

Martin Scorsese‘s Taxi Driver cameo.


New York, New York (1977)

Dan Callahan looks back on New York, New York for Anthology Archives. [Alt Screen]



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