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Martin Scorsese at 27th Santa Barbara Int'l FIlm Fest
Martin Scorsese was honored Monday
Maltin introduced him by saying, "40 years in, having made one of the best films of his career, he is at the peak of his prowess. His passion, knowledge, inegrity, and curiosity..."
Maltin was curious if there was a moment that Scorsese felt like, 'Yes, I can do this, I can make a living in the movie business.'
Scorsese responded about how it had to do with his asthma. "It was 1945 and I couldn't play sports or run or laugh too much...so they took me to the movies - they didn't know what else to do."
"I don't know about making a living, we just knew that we had to make
"We never thought Taxi Driver was going to be a popular film. Because we were so passionate about it, ya know..."
Scorsese spoke about Raging Bull, for which he won "Best Director" and De Niro won "Best Actor" for in 1980. On Paul Schrader's screenplay: "It was very precise...It was a very lean script. That's what makes it strong... and that was the key to De Niro's behavior too: lean, strong, like a knife, like a weapon. And there was that tension in the shooting of it." Scorsese has worked with Robert De Niro on eight films. The two met over a Christmas dinner at a mutual friends' house who thought they should meet.
He reflected on when color became the norm in the 60s, and his decision to make Raging Bull in black and white. By this time color films were the norm, but Scorsese realized that color printing stock was not as strong. The last technicolor print was Godfather II-- everything after that was stock. But stock wasn't great: "Everything after 5 or 6 years would go pink, or magenta," said Scorsese of stock. "Color means something. Just the way shades of black and white and grey do in black and white film. So, it's a very very important element -- like 3D."
On the famous Goodfellas Steadycam shot: Maltin said, "Every kid on youtube is doing these shots now...so it's no longer quite the impact," but "this is not just a stunt shot. It's organic to the film and the story and setting up the character..." Scorsese: "Nick (co-writer Nicholas Pileggi) wrote it and I said it's gotta be a one-shot because this is the height of his life... the Copa Lounge being the Valhalla of that world in a way, and the maitre'D of that restaurant was the real maitre' D...It had to be a one-shot because it had to unfold in a way."
On No Direction Home about Bob Dylan, Scorsese says, "The
Scorsese spoke much more for the rest of the 3 hours about trusting the actors, and showed a delightful documentary piece about his parents, featuring them cooking lunch at their hose."
One key inspiration in making Hugo was his 12 year-old daughter. "When you have a child later in life...it's not that they're there, they become part of you. You get into this situation where you start to hang out with each other...I went into the fantasy of the world of a child, the perception of the world of a child. You get back to the original impulse, that spark... you have to remain quick on that same path, and don't be shaken...." His wife read the book by Brian Selznick and told him he had to do it, why not "Make a film that Francesca could see for once?" And she and all her friends insisted he make something 3D.
"The question is, do you do what people expect of you in art?" Scorsese asked.
Before presenting the award Kinsgley said about Scorsese, "When God made you he placed your ego in
"He directs like a lover," says Kingsley of Scorsese, and spoke of his contribution to culture, his "hand print on our hearts." "
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