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Golshifteh Film Festival

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Scorsese’s body of work addresses such themes as Italian-American identity, Roman Catholic concepts of guilt and redemption, machismo, modern crime, and gang conflict. Many of his films are also notable for their depiction of violence and liberal use of profanity. He has directed landmark films such as the crime film Mean Streets (1973), the comedy-drama Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974), the neo noir psychological thriller Taxi Driver (1976), the biographical sports drama Raging Bull (1980), (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); e black comedy The King of Comedy (1983), and the crime film Goodfellas (1990), all of which he collaborated on with actor and close friend Robert De Niro. He won the Academy Award for Best Director for the crime drama The Departed (2006). With eight Best Director nominations to date, he is the most nominated living director, and is tied with Billy Wilder for the second most nominations overall. Since the epic historical drama Gangs of New York (2002), he has also been noted for his collaborations with Leonardo DiCaprio.

Scorsese attended New York University’s film school (B.A., English, 1964; M.F.A., film, 1966)[21] making the short films What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This? (1963) and It’s Not Just You, Murray! (1964). His most famous short of the period is the darkly comic The Big Shave (1967), which features Peter Bernuth. The film is an indictment of America’s involvement in Vietnam, suggested by its alternative title Viet ’67.[22] Scorsese has mentioned on several occasions that he was greatly inspired in his early days at New York University by his Armenian American film professor Haig P. Manoogian.
In 1967, Scorsese made his first feature-length film, the black and white I Call First, which was later retitled Who’s That Knocking at My Door with his fellow students actor Harvey Keitel and editor Thelma Schoonmaker, both of whom were to become long-term collaborators. This film was intended to be the first of Scorsese’s semiautobiographical J. R. Trilogy, which also would have included a later film, Mean Streets.

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