Martin Scorsese. It is a name that resonates at the highest frequency in the sanctum sanctorum sanctuary of motion pictures. His obsession with religion, crime, and a penchant to deliver the very best has pervaded and percolated through everyone who has watched his movies. His vision and aesthetic splendor have given us some of the best movies in cinematic history. Not only did Scorcese revolutionize the thriller-crime genre, but also laid the foundation for young and aspiring auteurs to experiment and freely innovate with their styles. It is, therefore, intrinsic for people to wonder which are his favorite movies, apart from, obviously, his own. We, as a result, took it upon ourselves to quench your inquisitorial thirst once and for all.
Scorsese recently authored an essay on Film Preservation, where he listed his favorite movies, which inspired him to do what he does. Time and again, he has mentioned certain films, which according to him, changed his life forever. We present to you, Scorsese’s List! Happy reading!
10. Paisan (1946)
Italy has been on the acme of film-making for a long time now. Their realistic approach to cinema, and brazen consanguinity in their work has often inspired memorable cinema. Scorsese, himself being of Italian descent, grew up watching these masterpieces. The first on the list is Roberto Rossellini’s 1946 neorealist-war drama, ‘Paisan’. It is an anthology film based on the aftermath of WWII, which includes a woman who dies protecting a G.I., a street urchin who steals a G.I.’s shoes and a G.I. who falls in love with a prostitute. Traversing over six episodes, the movie marks a cornerstone in terms of expressiveness on screen, and has heavily influenced film-makers in posterity, including Martin Scorsese, as we know today. A true masterpiece that has to be seen– and then seen again.