25th AFI Life Achievement Award
Martin Scorsese was awarded the 25th Annual AFI Lifetime Achievement Award on February 20, 1997.
In 1967, Martin Scorsese entered the Masters program at NYU and began working on his first feature film, WHO'S THAT KNOCKING AT MY DOOR? (1969), with Harvey Keitel. It was the first Scorsese film edited by Thelma Schoonmaker.
Martin Scorsese drew every shot he wanted in BOXCAR BERTHA (1972), a task that resulted in some 500 drawings. Above, co-stars David Carradine and Barbara Hershey.
An overtly autobiographical film, MEAN STREETS (1973) had its two main characters, Johnny Boy (Robert De Niro) and Charlie (Harvey Keitel, pictured above), based on a childhood friend and Scorsese himself. The film marked the first collaboration between De Niro and Scorsese.
For Martin Scorsese, TAXI DRIVER (1976) was a notable collaborative experience: "Bob [DeNiro] was the actor, I was the director, and Paul [Schrader] wrote the script. The three of us just came together. It was exactly what we wanted."
Cathy Moriarty in RAGING BULL (1980).
GOODFELLAS (1990), based on a book by Nicholas Pileggi (who also co-wrote the screenplay), brought an Academy Award(c) nomination to director Martin Scorsese and starred (above ) Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Paul Sorvino and Joe Pesci.
In Martin Scorsese's remake of CAPE FEAR (1990), Juliette Lewis, Jessica Lange and Nick Nolte made up the dysfuntional '90s version of the Bowden family terrorized by Max Cady ( Robert De Niro). De Niro and Lewis both won Oscar nominations.
Martin Scorsese loved music films but was "sick and tired of all those shots of people in the audience." For THE LAST WALTZ (1978), he kept the camera on the stage where a host of rock legends performed in concert. Above, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, and Robbie Robertson performed "I Shall Be Released."