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Martin Scorsese Sayings: I do prefer doing more takes. There's something very organic that comes from the first I do prefer doing more takes. There's something very organic that comes from the first take, but certain things come out. More details come out, in the way another actor says something. It's always this investigative process. You come further and further to the truth, the more you escalate. I like to do a lot of takes. I have a hunger for it. I like to see what there is to discover in a scene, that hasn't been thought of.
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: I would ask: Given the nature of free-market capitalism - where the rule is to I would ask: Given the nature of free-market capitalism - where the rule is to rise to the top at all costs - is it possible to have a financial industry hero? And by the way, this is not a pop-culture trend we're talking about. There aren't many financial heroes in literature, theater or cinema.
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: [David Lean's] images stay with me forever. But what makes them memorable isn't necessarily their [David Lean's] images stay with me forever. But what makes them memorable isn't necessarily their beauty. That's just good photography. It's the emotion behind those images that's meant the most to me over the years. It's the way David Lean can put feeling on film. The way he shows a whole landscape of the spirit. For me, that's the real geography of David Lean country. And that's why, in a David Lean movie, there's no such thing as an empty landscape.
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: Food tells you everything about the way people live and who they are. Food tells you everything about the way people live and who they are.
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: People have to start talking to know more about other cultures and to understand each People have to start talking to know more about other cultures and to understand each other.
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: You don't make pictures for Oscars. You don't make pictures for Oscars.
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: I don't really see many people ... don't really go anywhere either. I don't really see many people ... don't really go anywhere either.
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: I'm re-energized by being around people who mean a lot to me. I'm re-energized by being around people who mean a lot to me.
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: I don't think there's a subject matter that can't absorb 3-D; that can't tolerate the I don't think there's a subject matter that can't absorb 3-D; that can't tolerate the addition of depth as a storytelling technique.
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: The storyboard for me is the way to visualise the entire movie in advance, The storyboard for me is the way to visualise the entire movie in advance,
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: Sometimes God picks you up and tells you, "You've been messing around now. You're going Sometimes God picks you up and tells you, "You've been messing around now. You're going to have to stop this, stop that, but I'll give you another chance." And you wonder why you're given another chance. It must be for something; it must be to celebrate life.
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: When everything is added up, the frequent blows weighted against the sporadic triumphs, this is When everything is added up, the frequent blows weighted against the sporadic triumphs, this is I have to say not just a vocation, it's a great gift. But you also know this, for your work, for your passion, every day is a rededication. Painters, dancers, actors, writers, filmmakers. It's the same for all of you, all of us. Every step is a first step. Every brush stroke is a test. Every scene is a lesson. Every shot is a school. So, let the learning continue.
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: Eradicating a religion of kindness is, I think, a terrible thing for the Chinese to Eradicating a religion of kindness is, I think, a terrible thing for the Chinese to attempt.
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: There's a way that the force of disappointment can be alchemized into something that will There's a way that the force of disappointment can be alchemized into something that will paradoxically renew you.
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: Sam Fuller and Shock Corridor can only be conjured as a mantra. Shock Corridor is Sam Fuller and Shock Corridor can only be conjured as a mantra. Shock Corridor is a classic work of art - it's unique. It comes from the unique experience of being Sam Fuller and yes, there's always that element of Shock Corridor hovering around the picture, but never specifically. In fact, I didn't even screen it because it's in us. It's in me anyway. It's in me. It was a way of conjuring up support just by saying the name, Shock Corridor, as I was going to shoot. Poor Sam [Fuller] ...
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: What the Dalai Lama had to resolve was whether to stay in Tibet or leave. What the Dalai Lama had to resolve was whether to stay in Tibet or leave. He wanted to stay, but staying would have meant the total destruction of Tibet, because he would have died and that would have ripped the heart out of his people.
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: My films really have to be a part of a whole body of work that My films really have to be a part of a whole body of work that says something to me.
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: The term 'giant' is used too often to describe artists. But in the case of The term 'giant' is used too often to describe artists. But in the case of Akira Kurosawa, we have one of the rare instances where the term fits.
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: I don't like being in houses alone. I don't like being in houses alone.
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: Always get to the set or the location early, so that you can be all Always get to the set or the location early, so that you can be all alone and draw your inspiration for the blocking and the setups in private and quiet. In one sense, it's about protecting yourself; in another sense, it's about always being open to surprise, even from the set, because there may be some detail that you hadn't noticed. I think this is crucial. There are many pictures that seem good in so many ways except one: They lack a sense of surprise, they've never left the page.
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: The best I can do is to make a film every two years. The best I can do is to make a film every two years.
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: I mean, music totally comes from your soul. I mean, music totally comes from your soul.
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: Alcohol decimated the working class and so many people. Alcohol decimated the working class and so many people.
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: The cinema began with a passionate, physical relationship between celluloid and the artists and craftsmen 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.
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: If everything moves along and there are no major catastrophes we're basically headed towards holograms. If everything moves along and there are no major catastrophes we're basically headed towards holograms.
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: Any film, or to me any creative endeavour, no matter who you're working with, is, Any film, or to me any creative endeavour, no matter who you're working with, is, in many cases, a wonderful experience.
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: It seems to me that any sensible person must see that violence does not change It seems to me that any sensible person must see that violence does not change the world and if it does, then only temporarily.
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: I look for a thematic idea running through my movies and I see that it's I look for a thematic idea running through my movies and I see that it's the outsider struggling for recognition. I realize that all my life I've been an outsider, and above all, being lonely but never realizing it.
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: I certainly wasn't able to get it when I was a kid growing up on I certainly wasn't able to get it when I was a kid growing up on the Lower East Side; it was very hard at that time for me to balance what I really believed was the right way to live with the violence I saw all around me - I saw too much of it among the people I knew.
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: When I was growing up, I don't remember being told that America was created so When I was growing up, I don't remember being told that America was created so that everyone could get rich. I remember being told it was about opportunity and the pursuit of happiness. Not happiness itself, but the pursuit.
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: I make different films now. I make different films now.
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: Young film makers should learn how to deal with the money and learn how to Young film makers should learn how to deal with the money and learn how to deal with the power structure. Because it is like a battle.
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: If you're looking for the origins of film culture in America, look no further than If you're looking for the origins of film culture in America, look no further than Amos Vogel.
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: Popular music formed the soundtrack of my life. Popular music formed the soundtrack of my life.
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: Some of my films are known for the depiction of violence. I don't have anything Some of my films are known for the depiction of violence. I don't have anything to prove with that any more.
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: When I was growing up in the mid-'50s, the Roaring Twenties were a huge part When I was growing up in the mid-'50s, the Roaring Twenties were a huge part of the culture. There were a number of films and a bunch of television shows that dealt with the mythology of the underworld from that period.
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: My whole life has been movies and religion. That's it. Nothing else. My whole life has been movies and religion. That's it. Nothing else.
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: I go through periods, usually when I'm editing and shooting, of seeing only old films. I go through periods, usually when I'm editing and shooting, of seeing only old films.
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: I've seen many, many movies over the years, and there are only a few that I've seen many, many movies over the years, and there are only a few that suddenly inspire you so much that you want to continue to make films.
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: I wish I could play music. I think I get as closeas possible with the I wish I could play music. I think I get as closeas possible with the editing of the films. Over the years musichas been an even more important influence than-or as important as-film.There's no doubt about it. Painting, movement, dance, sculpture-it'sall in cinema.
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: A lot of what I'm obsessed with is the relationship and the dynamics between people A lot of what I'm obsessed with is the relationship and the dynamics between people and the family, particularly brothers and their father.
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: If your mother cooks Italian food, why should you go to a restaurant? If your mother cooks Italian food, why should you go to a restaurant?
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: The creation of the island, or the impression of the island, as it changes in The creation of the island, or the impression of the island, as it changes in the mind of the character also came in to play ... there was another very important collaborator, Rob Legato, on special visual effects. And then ultimately there's Thelma Schoonmaker, who keeps me focused during the editing of the picture.
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: Watching a Kubrick film is like gazing up at a mountaintop. You look up and Watching a Kubrick film is like gazing up at a mountaintop. You look up and wonder, how could anyone have climbed that high?
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: More than ninety percent of directing a picture is the right casting More than ninety percent of directing a picture is the right casting
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Martin Scorsese Sayings: My father had this mythological sense of the old New York, and he used to My father had this mythological sense of the old New York, and he used to tell me stories about these old gangs, particularly the Forty Thieves in the Fourth Ward.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: Part of making any endeavour is that each one has its own special problems. It's Part of making any endeavour is that each one has its own special problems. It's the nature of the process.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: I happen to like vampires more than zombies. I happen to like vampires more than zombies.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: The first element that I connected with was the emotion. Sorry, that's how it goes. The first element that I connected with was the emotion. Sorry, that's how it goes.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: I love studying Ancient History and seeing how empires rise and fall, sowing the seeds I love studying Ancient History and seeing how empires rise and fall, sowing the seeds of their own destruction.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: We can't keep thinking in a limited way about what cinema is. We still don't We can't keep thinking in a limited way about what cinema is. We still don't know what cinema is. Maybe cinema could only really apply to the past or the first 100 years, when people actually went to a theater to see a film, you see?
Martin Scorsese Sayings: I don't agree with everything he did in his life, but we're dealing with this I don't agree with everything he did in his life, but we're dealing with this Howard Hughes, at this point. And also ultimately the flaw in Howard Hughes, the curse so to speak.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: I know that I come from mid-20th century America, urban, specifically downtown New York, specifically I know that I come from mid-20th century America, urban, specifically downtown New York, specifically an Italian-American area, Roman Catholic - that's who I am. And a part of what I know is there's a decency to people who tried to make a living in the kind of world that was around us and also the Skid Row area of the Bowery; it impressed me.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: That subject matter has never left me ... The more you're in the material world, That subject matter has never left me ... The more you're in the material world, the more there is a tendency for a search for serenity and a need to not be distracted by physical elements that are around you.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: The tone of the picture and the atmosphere was in my head and in my The tone of the picture and the atmosphere was in my head and in my blood in a way once I'd decided to make the picture. I had to find my way through that to choose, select, emphasise certain visual elements and sound.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: I always say that I've been in a bad mood for maybe 35 years now. I always say that I've been in a bad mood for maybe 35 years now. I try to lighten it up, but that's what comes out when you get me on camera.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: Every year or so, I try to do something; it keeps me refreshed as to Every year or so, I try to do something; it keeps me refreshed as to what's going on in front of the lens, and I understand what the actor is going through.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: Movies touch our hearts and awaken our vision, and change the way we see things. Movies touch our hearts and awaken our vision, and change the way we see things. They take us to other places, they open doors and minds. Movies are the memories of our life time, we need to keep them alive.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: The most important thing is, how can I move forward towards something that I can't The most important thing is, how can I move forward towards something that I can't articulate, that is new in storytelling with moving images and sound?
Martin Scorsese Sayings: Vic Armstrong is, of course, a legend Vic Armstrong is, of course, a legend
Martin Scorsese Sayings: The bottom line is, I tend to be going back to older and older music. The bottom line is, I tend to be going back to older and older music.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: I wish I could do everything in 3D. I wish I could do everything in 3D.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: It's very good for me to remember what actors go through. It's very good for me to remember what actors go through.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: For me, the key image is the boat coming through the fog at the beginning. For me, the key image is the boat coming through the fog at the beginning. It's something I imagined and liked and I guess there are other references in other films I make - the similar type of image. But I think it's interesting, it's breaking through the mystery, or maybe it stays in the fog ... we don't really know. Where is he at the beginning of the film, who is he?
Martin Scorsese Sayings: You gotta understand, when moving images first started, people wanted sound, color, big screen and You gotta understand, when moving images first started, people wanted sound, color, big screen and depth.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: If Kubrick had lived to see the opening of his final film, he obviously would If Kubrick had lived to see the opening of his final film, he obviously would have been disappointed by the hostile reactions. But I'm sure that in the end he would have taken it with a grain of salt and moved on. That's the lot of all true visionaries, who don't see the use of working in the same vein as everyone else. Artists like Kubrick have minds expansive and dynamic enough to picture the world in motion, to comprehend not just where its been, but where it's going.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: Hong Kong cinema is something you can't duplicate anyway. Hong Kong cinema is something you can't duplicate anyway.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: There must be people who remember World War II and the Holocaust who can help There must be people who remember World War II and the Holocaust who can help us get out of this rut.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: I always wanted to make a film that had this sort of Chinese-box effect, in I always wanted to make a film that had this sort of Chinese-box effect, in which you keep opening it up and opening it up, and finally at the end you're at the beginning.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: I don't really see a conflict between the church and the movies, the sacred and I don't really see a conflict between the church and the movies, the sacred and the profane ... there are major differences, but I could also see great similarities ... Both are places for people to come together and share.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: It's interesting that these themes of crime and political corruption are always relevant. It's interesting that these themes of crime and political corruption are always relevant.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: I was born in 1942, so I was mainly aware of Howard Hughes' name on I was born in 1942, so I was mainly aware of Howard Hughes' name on RKO Radio Pictures.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: The Five Points was the toughest street corner in the world. That's how it was The Five Points was the toughest street corner in the world. That's how it was known. In fact, Charles Dickens visited it in the 1850s and he said it was worse than anything he'd seen in the East End of London.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: It's often overlooked. It's labor. That's at the heart of # collaboration . It's often overlooked. It's labor. That's at the heart of # collaboration .
Martin Scorsese Sayings: I think all the great studio filmmakers are dead or no longer working. I don't I think all the great studio filmmakers are dead or no longer working. I don't put myself, my friends, and other contemporary filmmakers in their category. I just see us doing some work.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: If you don't like the films of Samuel Fuller , then you just don't like If you don't like the films of Samuel Fuller , then you just don't like cinema.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: I can't really envision a time when I'm not shooting something. I can't really envision a time when I'm not shooting something.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: There's no such thing as simple. Simple is hard. There's no such thing as simple. Simple is hard.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: Violence is not the answer, it doesn't work any more. We are at the end Violence is not the answer, it doesn't work any more. We are at the end of the worst century in which the greatest atrocities in the history of the world have occurred ... The nature of human beings must change. We must cultivate love and compassion.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: I also saw the Dalai Lama a few times. I also saw the Dalai Lama a few times.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: People say you should do it this way, someone else suggests that, yes, there's financing, People say you should do it this way, someone else suggests that, yes, there's financing, but maybe you should use this actor. And there are the threats, at the end - if you don't do it this way, you'll lose your box office; if you don't do it that way, you'll never get financed again ... 35, 40 years of this, you get beat up.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: I think there's only one or two films where I've had all the financial support I think there's only one or two films where I've had all the financial support I needed. All the rest, I wish I'd had the money to shoot another ten days.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: On the one hand, you're the same person, but as you get older, you change On the one hand, you're the same person, but as you get older, you change somewhat, and you never know how it's going to affect your work.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: There was always a part of me that wanted to be an old-time director. But There was always a part of me that wanted to be an old-time director. But I couldn't do that. I'm not a pro.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: Our world is so glutted with useless information, images, useless images, sounds, all this sort Our world is so glutted with useless information, images, useless images, sounds, all this sort of thing. It's a cacophony, it's like a madness I think that's been happening in the past twenty-five years. And I think anything that can help a person sit in a room alone and not worry about it is good.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: And as I've gotten older, I've had more of a tendency to look for people And as I've gotten older, I've had more of a tendency to look for people who live by kindness, tolerance, compassion, a gentler way of looking at things." ~ Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese Sayings: Vertigo is probably my favourite Hitchcock film and probably one of my favourite films of Vertigo is probably my favourite Hitchcock film and probably one of my favourite films of all time. It's a film that I'm obsessed with. I saw it on its first release in vista vision, projected in vista-vision, at the Capitol Theatre in New York. That moment when the nun comes up in the end ... it's just an extraordinary shot.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: I'd like to do a number of films. Westerns. Genre pieces. Maybe another film about I'd like to do a number of films. Westerns. Genre pieces. Maybe another film about Italian Americans where they're not gangsters, just to prove that not all Italians are gangsters.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: I'm sad to see celluloid go, there's no doubt. But, you know, nitrate went, by I'm sad to see celluloid go, there's no doubt. But, you know, nitrate went, by the way, in 1971. If you ever saw a nitrate print of a silent film and then saw an acetate print, you'd see a big difference, but nobody remembers anymore. The acetate print is what we have. Maybe. Now it's digital.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: Always stay open to surprise. Always stay open to surprise.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: There are two kinds of power you have to fight. The first is the money, There are two kinds of power you have to fight. The first is the money, and that's just our system. The other is the people close around you, knowing when to accept their criticism, knowing when to say no.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: Now more than ever we need to talk to each other, to listen to each Now more than ever we need to talk to each other, to listen to each other and understand how we see the world, and cinema is the best medium for doing this.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: I mean I have a project that I have been wanting to make for quite I mean I have a project that I have been wanting to make for quite a while now; and basically, it's a story of my parents growing up in the Lower East Side.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: Sometimes when you're heavy into the shooting or editing of a picture, you get to Sometimes when you're heavy into the shooting or editing of a picture, you get to the point where you don't know if you could ever do it again.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: [Kubrick] was unique in the sense that with each new film he redefined the medium [Kubrick] was unique in the sense that with each new film he redefined the medium and its possibilities. But he was more than just a technical innovator. Like all visionaries, he spoke the truth. And no matter how comfortable we think we are with the truth, it always comes as a profound shock when we're forced to meet it face-to-face.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: Michael Jackson was extraordinary, When we worked together on 'Bad,' I was in awe of Michael Jackson was extraordinary, When we worked together on 'Bad,' I was in awe of his absolute mastery of movement on the one hand, and of the music on the other. Every step he took was absolutely precise and fluid at the same time. It was like watching quicksilver in motion. He was wonderful to work with, an absolute professional at all times, and it really goes without saying ... a true artist. It will be a while before I can get used to the idea that he's no longer with us.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: You can be born-again and believe in Jesus, believe in Jesus' ideas and try to You can be born-again and believe in Jesus, believe in Jesus' ideas and try to live them out, without becoming totally intolerant of other people.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: Basically, you make another movie, and another, and hopefully you feel good about every picture Basically, you make another movie, and another, and hopefully you feel good about every picture you make. And you say, 'My name is on that. I did that. It's OK.' But don't get me wrong, I still get excited by it all. That, I hope, will never disappear.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: Death comes in a flash, and that's the truth of it, the person's gone in Death comes in a flash, and that's the truth of it, the person's gone in less than 24 frames of film.
Martin Scorsese Sayings: All I can do is try to do the best work I can. I need All I can do is try to do the best work I can. I need to work, I like to work ... although I complain about it, but I do like it - and I just need to make the best film I can.