Martin Scorsese is a towering figure in the history of cinema, a director with a career spanning 50 years and as many films – many of which are considered among the greatest ever made – and a passionate film lover who raised the consciousness of ongoing film preservation with the formation of The Film Foundation in 1990. Scorsese is widely regarded as one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of the art form.
He grew up in New York’s Little Italy and made his first films in the late 1960s. He redefined the ideas of what was possible in movies with such classics as Mean Streets (1973), Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980) and Goodfellas (1990). Scorsese’s unique combination of artistry, charisma and generosity continues to inspire filmmakers and audiences all over the world.
Rolex presents: Martin Scorsese, defining an era
Scorsese directed Robert De Niro in a legendary Oscar-winning performance in Raging Bull, which received eight Academy Award nominations including Best Picture and Best Director, and is now hailed as a masterpiece of modern cinema. He went on to direct The Color of Money (1986), Goodfellas (1990), Cape Fear (1991), The Age of Innocence (1993), and Casino (1995) among other films. The following decades include films such as Gangs of New York (2002), The Aviator (2004), The Departed (2006) – which won Scorsese his first Best Director Oscar – and the recent Silence (2016).
Details play a crucial role in telling a story onscreen and in many of his most iconic films, Scorsese has chosen to feature Rolex watches, with a preference for the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date.
In 2008, Scorsese became a mentor for the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. He chose to work with the young Argentinean filmmaker Celina Murga, who was by his side for the filming of Shutter Island (2010).
In short, Martin Scorsese has had a profound effect on the art form that became his vocation at a very early age. He is an inspirational figure in the world of cinema. During the making of the Rolex film, he made a statement that aptly summarizes his eternally youthful creative energy: "If it moves a young person, if it instils that kind of excitement and inspiration, I like that very much. I like to see what they do if they're inspired by something I've done.”
Martin Scorsese is a towering figure in the history of cinema, a director with a career spanning 50 years and as many films, many of which are considered among the greatest ever made. Rolex is proud to support Oscar-winning directors as they continue to push the boundaries of the art of filmmaking.