Martin Scorsese: A devoted cinephile

Hugo Scorsese cameoThe great Martin Scorsese turns 75 today. Not only a celebrated film director but a truly devoted cinephile with immense and longstanding contribution to the art of cinema, as he achieved to secure restoration and distribution for many lost classics. He also personally financed and presented documentaries about the history of film and he continues until today to promote film as an educational tool with various ways. For such a film fanatic, it was necessary to reference older films within his own work. The examples given below are just a small sample of his vast love for the seventh art.

These are Martin Scorsese’s 10 nods to classic films (click on titles for more info).

1. Fred Neymeyer/Sam Taylor’s Safety Last! (1923) in Hugo (2011)

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2. Walter Lang’s Coney Island (1943) in Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974)

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3. Douglas Sirk’s All That Heaven Allows (1955) in Cape Fear (1991)

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4. John Ford’s The Searchers (1956) in Mean Streets (1973)

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5. Alan Crosland’s The Jazz Singer (1927) in Goodfellas (1990)

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6. Franklin Schaffner’s The Boys from Brazil (1978) in Casino (1995)

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7. Samuel Fuller’s Pickup on South Street (1953) in The King of Comedy (1982)

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8. Howard Hughes’ Hell’s Angels (1930) in The Aviator (2004)

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9. Howard Hawks‘ Rio Bravo (1959) and George Sidney’s Scaramouche (1952) in Who’s That Knocking at My Door (1967)

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10. Lothar Mendes’ The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1936) in Boxcar Bertha (1972)

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