Martin Scorsese is an American director, producer, screenwriter, actor and film historian, whose career spans more than 50 years. Scorsese’s body of work addresses such themes as Sicilian-American identity, Roman Catholic concepts of guilt and redemption, faith, machismo, modern crime, and gang conflict. Many of his films are also known for their depiction of violence and liberal use of profanity.
• Every scene is a lesson. Every shot is a school. Let the learning continue.
• Now more than ever we need to talk to each other, to listen to each other and understand how we see the world, and cinema is the best medium for doing this.
• Cinema is a matter of what’s in the frame and what’s out.
• We have to remember: we may think we know what’s going to last and what isn’t. We may feel absolutely sure of ourselves, but we really don’t know, we can’t know.
• There are two kinds of power you have to fight. The first is the money, and that’s just our system. The other is the people close around you, knowing when to accept their criticism, knowing when to say no.
• You want to get films made that express what you have to say. You try to do that, but it’s a very delicate balance.”
• I always tell the younger filmmakers and students: Do it like the painters used to…Study they old masters. Enrich your palette. Expand the canvas. There’s always so much more to learn.
• Your job is to get your audience to care about your obsessions.
• Violence is not the answer, it doesn’t work any more. We are at the end of the worst century in which the greatest atrocities in the history of the world have occurred… The nature of human beings must change. We must cultivate love and compassion.
• The image in the mind’s eye. For me it’s where the obsession began. It’s what keeps me going, it never fails to excite me. Because you take one shot, you put it together with another shot, and you experience a third image in your mind’s eye that doesn’t really exist in those two other images.
Principal photography on Scorsese’s film The Irishman began in August 2017, and will star Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Al Pacino. He had also reported that his long-planned Frank Sinatra biopic was coming up, with Phil Alden Robinson writing the screenplay. However, while promoting Silence, Scorsese confirmed that the Sinatra biopic has been cancelled, due to a lack of support from the Sinatra estate.