Call him a masochist, a madman or a mastermind, Martin Scorsese has left a lasting legacy in the world of cinema. ACMI celebrates the illustrious four decade career of the enigmatic director and auteur.
Divided into themes seen throughout Scorsese’s long career, the exhibition not only focuses on the work he has produced himself, but the French and Italian neo-noir cinema that heavily influenced his distinctive directing and idiosyncratic storytelling.
Argued as Scorsese’s magnum opus, Taxi Driver, was a film that perfectly encapsulates his neo-noir style. The exhibition has a heavy focus on the character of Travis Bickle, which introduced the world to Robert De Niro’s ability to create an unwavering eeriness. In 1976, Taxi Driver took home the coveted Palme D’Or, and Scorsese had cemented himself as a sensation.
Scorsese’s career can be earmarked by his two muses. From the 70s – 90s, Robert De Niro and Scorsese teamed up for nine feature lengths together. Scorsese exhibition is plastered with De Niro’s unnerving characters. Goodfellas became an instant classic, toppling The Godfather to become the definitive mobster film. Not for the faint hearted, Loraine Braco, Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci played the perfect comrades for De Niro’s haunting portrayal of mob boss James Conway. From 2002 to present, Leonardo DiCaprio and Scorsese have paired up for five films. DiCaprio has long since left behind the teen heartthrob that made him a household name and Scorsese can be attributed to his career of playing colourful characters.
Every room you walk into shows clips from his films that embody that particular theme. From the infamous opening of Cape Fear to the graphic Jake La Motta fight scene in Raging Bull, complete with boxing ring to watch it from, the exhibition feels like sensory overload, in the best possible way.
From The Simpsons and The Sopranos to Reservoir Dogs and Snatch, we see Scorsese’s influence in so much of what hits our gold and silver screens these days. The Italian-American has created a vision and style that has made him a living legend. From Spielberg’s directing ability, to the Coen Brother’s and Woody Allen’s storytelling and Tarantino’s over-the-top violence and hold-no-bars attitude, Scorsese can be seen as the perfect blend of all of these elements. A vitally important part of the progress of cinema and an overwhelming powerhouse of talent, creation and cinematic perfection.
Love Scorsese's poetic and surreal stories? Book in now at The Blackman and make it an experience. SCORSESE is on now until the 18th of September at ACMI.