A list created by Martin Scorsese detailing his favourite films of all time has surfaced online, a wide ranging selection of iconic cinematic history pieced together by a modern great.

Part of the New Hollywood wave of filmmaking, 76-year-old Scorsese is in the midst of a major promotional campaign as he prepares to release The Irishman, his latest project which has brought together the likes of Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci in an all-star cast.

Scorsese’s love for cinema knows no bounds, a deep-seated obsession that has been engrained into his life from the age of three when his parents began taking him to the cinema. “Movies touch our hearts and awaken our vision, and change the way we see things,” the filmmaker once said. “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.” 

Having started creating ludicrously impressive storyboards at the age of 11, Scorsese has repeatedly paid homage to some of cinema’s all-time greats throughout his career. “The term ‘giant’ is used too often to describe artists,” Scorsese once said when asked about some of cinema’s most creative forces. “But in the case of Akira Kurosawa, we have one of the rare instances where the term fits,” he added. So it comes as a slight surprise, then, that Scorsese opted not to include the great Japanese artist as part of the list he created for Sight and Sound magazine. Mind you, he didn’t leave much space for manoeuvre.

Martin Scorsese lists his 12 favourite films of all time:

  • 2001: A Space OdysseyStanley Kubrick, 1968.
  • – Federico Fellini, 1963.
  • Ashes and Diamonds – Andrzej Wajda, 1958.
  • Citizen KaneOrson Welles, 1941.
  • The Leopard – Luchino Visconti, 1963.
  • Paisan – Roberto Rossellini, 1946.
  • The Red Shoes – Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger, 1948.
  • The River – Jean Renoir, 1951.
  • Salvatore Giuliano – Francesco Rosi, 1962.
  • The Searchers – John Ford, 1956.
  • Ugetsu Monogatari – Mizoguchi Kenji, 1953.
  • VertigoAlfred Hitchcock, 1958.

The inclusion of Luchino Visconti film The Leopard should come as little surprise to those who have followed Scorsese’s career choices over the years and, in numerous interviews, how the director has referenced those who have inspired him.

When discussing Visconti in previous years, Scorsese said: “He has often been referred to as a great political artist, but that’s too limiting and frozen a description,” with renewed admiration. “He had a strong sense of the particular manner in which absolutely everyone, from the Sicilian fishermen in his neorealist classic La Terra Trema to the Venetian aristocrats in Senso, was affected by the grand movements of history,” he added.

Source: Open Culture

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