Martin Scorsese: A Short History, with Alicia Malone | TIFF 2019
Try to imagine cinema without Martin Scorsese. The New York filmmaker’s influence has spread so far around the world and so deeply into all who followed him that, had he never existed, the past 40 years of film would look decidedly different. The unique pacing of his films, his use of popular music, and the intensity of his actors’ performances have all become part of cinema’s shared language. He didn’t invent them, but he put his stamp on those elements more than any other director. Above all, Scorsese’s success in elevating the urban crime genre from B-movie pleasure to challenging art cinema can now be taken for granted. As an exacting cinephile, an observer of male violence, and a man immersed from childhood in the Catholic faith, Scorsese has made his obsessions belong to all of us who love film.