Is there anything Martin Scorcese can’t do? Of course, there’s a science of sorts to the movie magic that he so effortlessly conjures in film after film, and this new video essay courtesy of The Film Theorists does a fairly solid job at breaking it all down.
The video, titled “A Method to Martin Scorsese’s Madness,” touches upon a fairly obvious point in relation to the director’s style: that is, his fusion of the gritty Italian neo-realism he worshiped as a young man and the opulent post-modernism that rears its head in pictures like “Raging Bull” and “Goodfellas.” It’s not exactly the most revelatory point in the world, but it’s certainly worth exploring when one considers just how many younger filmmakers (Quentin Tarantino, Nicolas Wending Refn, Guy Ritchie, etc.) have liberally borrowed his style. The video also takes a look at Scorsese’s penchant for both visual and thematic juxtaposition, the use of improvisation and non-professional, sometimes mob-connected actors in gangster classics like “Goodfellas” and “Casino,” and also how the director’s religious fixations seem to always find a way into his films.
Check out the video and relive some of the most memorable moments from the Scorsese canon below.