“Watching a Kubrick film is like gazing up at a mountaintop. You look up and wonder, how could anyone have climbed that high?”—Martin Scorsese.
Stanley Kubrick, widely considered to be one of the most influential filmmakers of all time, has had a lasting impression on the development of cinema for decades.
With pictures such as A Clockwork Orange, The Shining and 2001: A Space Odyssey to name just a few, Kubrick’s pioneering style and vision has influenced leading filmmakers who continue to prop up Hollywood today; none more so than Martin Scorsese himself.
“Stanley Kubrick was one of the only modern masters we had,” Scorsese would later add. The truth is though, Scorsese himself, part of the ‘New Hollywood’ era, has a legacy many would argue competes with that of Kubrick.
Films like Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, and, most recently, The Irishman, have cemented his place in the echelons of cinematic history. A filmmaker with more awards than he can physically carry and an artist with a clear—albeit highly outspoken—view of how cinema should be represented, Scorsese is a cinephile like no other.
Leandro Copperfield, a filmmaker inspired by both Kubrick and Scorsese, attempted to pay homage to the cinematic greats with his supercut homage combining the work of both filmmakers.
His film, including segments of no fewer than 14 Kubrick pictures and 20 by Scorsese, blends together two icons of cinema and does so with impressively slick editing which has been masterfully glued together with sound from Radiohead, Chris Isaak and the Dropkick Murphys.
Watch the film, below.
Remarkably, after publishing his work, filmmaker Copperfield received a response from Scorsese himself in the shape of a video message: “This man was directly responsible for making me love cinema and watch films in a different way since I was a child,” Copperfield said of Scorsese. “Most of everything I know about movies and editing was mainly because of him. His passion and your extreme willingness to share knowledge is, for me, one of the most beautiful things in cinema history.”
The reaction clip, which shows Scorsese watching the tribute video, cuts to The Irishman director speaking to the camera: “Leandro, I just saw your montage of films I made mixed with the master, Kubrick and I found it really very well done,” he says.
“It’s surprising and very enjoyable. I was looking for more actually. I finally got the chance to see your work, I think it’s great, all the best!”
See the reaction video, below.