AFI’s THE DIRECTORS: MARTIN SCORSESE

Published September 11, 2008

I’ve been a fan of Martin Scorsese for years. My favorite films of his being, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The King of Comedy, After Hours, The Color of Money and GoodFellas. After a couple of missteps — I hated Bringing Out The Dead and Gangs of New York — he found his footing again in the new millennium with The Aviator and The Departed.

Having said that, I’m ashamed to admit that it wasn’t until a few months ago that I saw Mean Streets for the first time on TCM. Needless to say, I was blown away. It played like a warm-up and a prologue for GoodFellas. I loved it.

DeNIRO and SCORSESE on the set of TAXI DRIVER (1976)
Robert DeNiro and Martin Scorsese
Is there another filmmaker alive today with the savant-like instant recall of the history of cinema? As I stated in a previous post, the guy is a walking, fast-talking encyclopedia of film history. He is also a director of monumental skill.

What follows is the Martin Scorsese episode of AFI’s acclaimed, The Directors series. Starting with Marty’s early years, the hour-long documentary covers his films up through 2000.

Pretty fascinating — take a look.


AFI’s THE DIRECTORS – MARTIN SCORSESE (part 1)




AFI’s THE DIRECTORS – MARTIN SCORSESE (part 2)




AFI’s THE DIRECTORS – MARTIN SCORSESE (part 3)




AFI’s THE DIRECTORS – MARTIN SCORSESE (part 4)




AFI’s THE DIRECTORS – MARTIN SCORSESE (part 5)




AFI’s THE DIRECTORS – MARTIN SCORSESE (part 6)