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12 Facts About Martin Scorsese

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Martin Charles Scorsese is an American director, producer, screenwriter, actor, and film historian, whose career spans more than 53 years.

Luciano Charles "Charlie" Scorsese was an American film actor and the father of film director Martin Scorsese.

Martin Scorsese - The Art of Silence by Every Frame a Painting

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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.

Faith is confidence or trust in a person or thing that is not seen; or the observance of an obligation from loyalty; or fidelity to a person, promise, engagement; or a belief not based on proof; or it may refer to a particular system of religious belief, such as in which faith is confidence based on some degree of warrant.

Machismo is the sense of being 'manly' and self-reliant, the concept associated with "a strong sense of masculine pride... [with] the supreme valuation of characteristics culturally associated with the masculine and a denigration of characteristics associated with the feminine."

Martin Scorsese on GOODFELLAS by American Film Institute

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Many of his films are also notable for their depiction of violence and liberal use of profanity.

Profanity is socially offensive language, which may also be called bad language, strong language, coarse language, foul language, bad words, vulgar language, lewd language, choice words or expletives.

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Part of the New Hollywood wave of filmmaking, he is widely regarded as one of the most significant and influential filmmakers in cinema history.

New Hollywood, sometimes referred to as the "American New Wave", refers to a period in American film history from the mid-to-late 1960s to the early 1980s when a new generation of young filmmakers came to prominence in United States, influencing the types of films produced, their production and marketing, and the way major studios approached film-making.

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In 1990, he founded The Film Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to film preservation, and in 2007 he founded the World Cinema Foundation.

Film preservation, or film restoration, describes a series of ongoing efforts among film historians, archivists, museums, cinematheques, and non-profit organizations to rescue decaying film stock and preserve the images which they contain.

The Film Foundation is a US-based non-profit organization dedicated to film preservation and the exhibition of restored and classic cinema.

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He is a recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award for his contributions to the cinema, and has won an Academy Award, a Palme d'Or, Cannes Film Festival Best Director Award, Silver Lion, Grammy Award, Emmys, Golden Globes, BAFTAs, and DGA Awards.

The Cannes Festival, named until 2002 as the International Film Festival and known in English as the Cannes Film Festival, is an annual film festival held in Cannes, France, which previews new films of all genres, including documentaries, from all around the world.

The Academy Awards, or "Oscars", is an annual American awards ceremony hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to recognize excellence in cinematic achievements in the United States film industry as assessed by the Academy's voting membership.

The AFI Life Achievement Award was established by the Board of Directors of the American Film Institute on February 26, 1973 to honor a single individual for his or her lifetime contribution to enriching American culture through motion pictures and television.

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He has directed landmark films such as the crime film Mean Streets, the vigilante-thriller Taxi Driver, the biographical sports drama Raging Bull, the black comedy The King of Comedy, and the crime films Goodfellas and Casino, all of which he collaborated on with actor and close friend Robert De Niro.

Raging Bull is a 1980 American biographical black-and-white sports drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, produced by Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler and adapted by Paul Schrader and Mardik Martin from Jake LaMotta's memoir Raging Bull: My Story.

Taxi Driver is a 1976 American vigilante film with neo-noir and psychological thriller elements, directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul Schrader.

Black comedy or dark comedy is a comic style that makes light of subjects that are generally considered serious or taboo.

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Scorsese has also been noted for his collaborations with actor Leonardo DiCaprio, having directed him in five films, beginning with Gangs of New York and most recently The Wolf of Wall Street.

Gangs of New York is a 2002 American epic period drama film set in the mid-19th century in the Five Points district of New York City.

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Scorsese's other films include the concert film The Last Waltz, the black comedy After Hours, the epic drama The Last Temptation of Christ, the psychological thrillers Cape Fear and Shutter Island, the biographical drama The Aviator and the historical adventure drama Hugo.

The Last Waltz was a concert by the Canadian-American rock group the Band, held on American Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.

Jesus, also referred to as Jesus of Nazareth or Jesus Christ, was a Jewish preacher and religious leader who has become the central figure of Christianity.

The Last Temptation of Christ or The Last Temptation is a historical novel written by Nikos Kazantzakis, first published in 1955.

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His work in television includes the pilot episode of the HBO series Boardwalk Empire and Vinyl, the latter of which he also co-created.

Home Box Office is an American premium cable and satellite television network that is owned by Time Warner through its respective flagship company Home Box Office, Inc. Programming featured on the network consists primarily of theatrically released motion pictures and original television series, along with made-for-cable movies and documentaries, boxing matches, and occasional stand-up comedy and concert specials.

Boardwalk Empire is an American period crime drama television series created by Terence Winter and airing on premium cable channel HBO.

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He won the Academy Award for Best Director for the crime drama The Departed.

Best Director is the name of an award which is presented by various film, television and theatre organizations, festivals, and people's awards.

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With eight Best Director nominations, he is the most nominated living director, and is tied with Billy Wilder for the second most nominations overall.

Billy Wilder was an Austrian-born Jewish American filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, artist and journalist, whose career spanned more than fifty years and sixty films.

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