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On Celluloid Film: Martin Scorsese

Celebrated film director, Martin Scorsese, has won numerous awards for his achievements in the film industry. Let’s see what he has to say about celluloid film.

image via Film 4

Martin Scorsese is a film director, actor, producer, screenwriter, as well as a film historian. He is also the president of the film preservation organization, The Film Foundation. His film career started when he made his first feature-length movie, “Who’s That Knocking at My Door”, back in 1967. From then on he has created more films and rose to fame in 1970’s.

image via Edge of Outside

Here’s what he has to say about celluloid film:

Those incredible recreations of [Manhattan street] Mulberry Bend in [DW Griffith’s] The Musketeers of Pig Alley, and of turn-of-the-century San Francisco in [Erich von Stroheim’s] Greed, as delicately textured and rendered as the first photographs. The glistening close-up that introduces Anna May Wong in Shanghai Express: the richest and most brilliant blacks and whites, greys and silvers – even the air feels alive. Gene Tierney in her white robe and dark glasses and red lipstick, in the polished wooden boat on the turquoise water with the green pines behind her, in Leave Her to Heaven. Ava Gardner – the thick dark hair, the skin like perfect porcelain – in a gold dress under an emerald cape against a midnight blue sky in Pandora and the Flying Dutchman.

The cinema began with a passionate, physical relationship between celluloid and the artists and craftsmen and technicians who handled it, manipulated it, and came to know it the way a lover comes to know every inch of the body of the beloved. No matter where the cinema goes, we cannot afford to lose sight of its beginnings. via The Guardian UK

on the set of ‘Raging Bull’ image via All You Need is Movies

From what he said, it’s clear that Martin Scorsese is one of those directors who support the use of film for shooting. Some of his outstanding movies shot on film include Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Good Fellas.

Martin Scorsese with Robert DeNiro image via The Selvedge Yard

Martin Scorsese has shot digitally with his film, The Aviator. He has also worked with digital enhancement in order to achieve the right hues and saturations for his movies. However, he still pays homage to film since it was what he used during his formative years in the industry.

There were different processes around back then,” Scorsese says. “Each process was different, and therefore, each film was different. That period of filmmaking and film viewing was formative for me, in a very primal way, and those images remain imprinted in my mind. – via On Videos

Martin Scorsese with Jerry Lewis and Robert De Niro image via This is Pure Beauty

Sources:
The Guardian UK
On Videos

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