Guns, cocaine, money, jewelry, food, flashbulbs—put all those things together and what do you get? Well, they could either be key ingredients to a dangerous night out, a wild party, or… a Martin Scorsese film. Yes, with nearly 25 Scorsese films in 50 years, we are all pretty aware of the content that’s typically featured in the majority of his cinema. There’s perhaps no better way to highlight Scorsese’s (or his characters’) obsessions than the use of the close-up, a shot the director has strategically deployed quite often throughout his career. And thanks to Vimeo user Jorge Luengo, who put together this following compilation, we get to see nearly every close-up featured in Scorsese’s films with this 6-minute video.
The real fun in this compilation is attempting to pinpoint which film is featured in each shot. Sometimes it’s fairly obvious: a close-up of an airplane dashboard is most likely from “The Aviator.” A black-and-white close-up of a blood-soaked rope can only be from “Raging Bull.” Who can forget the shot of Travis Bickle making imprints on a bullet in “Taxi Driver”? And while we see several close-ups of characters snorting cocaine, a drug featured in quite a few of Scorsese’s film, only “The Wolf of Wall Street” features so many damn shots of quaaludes.
So, go ahead and get up close and personal to the world of Martin Scorsese films by clicking the video below.