If there is a filmmaker who is a cinephile and fights to protect the works, it is this dear Martin Scorsese. The filmmaker behind a batch of cult feature films, who turns 80 on November 17, 2022, delivered a long list of his favorite films to LaCinetek in the summer of 2019. Stanley Kubrick, Orson Welles, Michael Powell, Bernardo Bertolucci , Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut… A hundred cinema classics chosen meticulously by the director will thus be accessible to everyone. If these films deeply marked and influenced the creations of the filmmaker of Taxi Driver and Casino, they are more widely considered as fundamental works. With his World Cinema Foundation, the filmmaker tries to preserve the world’s cinematographic heritage. Thus, when the founders of LaCinetek (Cédric Klapisch, Pascale Ferran and Laurent Cantet) asked him to select his films, Martin Scorsese returned two lists, failing to play along, as he explains in a letter guide: “What is a ‘preference’ when we talk about the 7th art? What does that mean ? Our preferences change over time and depend greatly on our life experiences. Is it fair, even appropriate, to distinguish the films that dazzled you with their beauty and power in your young years from those that marked you at 30? At 50? Or at 72? The movies that shocked and obsessed me in my youth were as formative as they were defining because they shook my conscience. They became sources of inspiration and even served as grammar for the films I made afterwards. When I experience seeing them again, many of these films remain an inexhaustible source from which I constantly draw. Is it really a question today of providing a selection of films that have been formative for me? It is in any case the specifications that I tried to respect. But what about the films and filmmakers who have enriched my career and the works I wanted to make as I got older? So I tried to compile a list of ‘educational films’ but also a second list of films, like an ‘alternative’ list, on which are titles that I like perhaps even more than some that I have mentioned on this first “educational” list. There is no doubt that all of this is very unfair…” See also on KonbiniThe list of formative films recommended by Martin Scorsese: 2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick 8 ½ by Frederico Felini 9 Variations on a Dance Theme by Hilary Harris A Star is Born by George Cukor Accattone by Pier Paolo Pasolini America America by Elia Kazan Antonio das Mortes by Glauber Rocha Ashes and Diamonds by Andrzej Wajda Barry Lyndon by Stanley Kubrick Prima della rivoluzione by Bernardo Bertolucci Behind the mirror by Ray Nicholas Pris au trappe by Max Ophüls Citizen Kane by Orson Welles Diary of a Country Priest by Robert Bresson East of Eden by Elia Kazan Europe 51 by Roberto Rossellini The Hell of Corruption by Abraham Polonsky Gertrud by Carl Theodor Dreyer Giant by George Stevens The Betrothed by Ermanno Olmi Living by Akira Kurosawa Intolerance by DW Griffith Jazz in Newport by Bert Stern Jules and Jim by François Truffaut Noblesse oblige by Robert Hamer L’avventura by Michelangelo Antoni oni La Grande Illusion by Jean Renoir Last Year at Marienbad by Alain Resnais Lawrence of Arabia by David Lean Deadly Sin by John M. Stahl Lolita by Stanley Kubrick Indentured Murder by Irving Lerner Nazarín by Luis Buñuel The Night of the Hunter by Charles Laughton October by Sergeueï Einsentein and Aleksandrov Grigori On the Quays by Elia Kazan Once Upon a Time in the West by Sergio Leone Ordet by Carl Theodor Dreyer Païsa by Roberto Rossellini Violence on Park Row by Samuel Fuller The Voyeur by Michael Powell Playtime by Jacques Tati The Red River by Howard Hawks and Arthur Rosson Salvatore Giuliano by Francesco Rosi Scorpio Rising by Kenneth Anger Shadows by John Cassavetes Solaris by Andreï Tarkovski Like a torrent by Vincente Minnelli The Great Blackmail by Alexander Mackendrick The Complaint of the Satyajit Path Ray The Undefeated by Satyajit Ray The World of Apu by Satyajit Ray The Great Knife by Robert Aldrich When the Storks Pass by Mikhail Kalatozov The Eleven Fioretti of e Francis of Assisi by Roberto Rossellini The Gospel according to Saint Matthew by Pier Paolo Pasolini The Insect Woman by Shohei Imamura The Cheetah by Luchino Visconti Colonel Blimp by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger The Public Enemy by William A. Wellman The Red Slippers by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger Takeover by Louis XIV by Roberto Rossellini The River by Jean Renoir The Fantastic Twenties by Raoul Walsh The Hopeless by Miklos Jancso The Prisoner of the Desert by John Ford The Seventh Seal by Ingmar Bergman The Tales of Hoffmann by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger The Third Man by Carol Reed The False Guilty by Alfred Hitchcock The Thirst for Evil by Orson Welles Tales of the Moon Wave after the Rain by Kenji Mizoguchi Vertigo by Alfred Hitchcock Living his life as Jean -Luc Godard The list of alternative films: Point Blank by Don Siegel Atalanta by Jean Vigo At Risk of Getting Lost by Fred Zinnemann Dawn by Friedrich W. Murnau Beauty and the The Beast by Jean Cocteau Berlin Alexanderplatz by Rainer Werner Fassbinder The Blonde from Station 6 by Seth Holt The Magic Box by John Boulting The Good Women by Claude Chabrol Boulevard du Dusk by Billy Wilder The Golden Coach by Jean Renoir Jackal by Fred Zinnemann The Thing From Another World by Howard Hawks and Christian Nyby Red Sky by Robert Wise Close up by Abbas Kiarostami The Communicants by Ingmar Bergman Crime Was Almost Perfect by Alfred Hitchcock The Battle of Culloden by Peter Watkins The Lady of Shanghai by ‘Orson Welles The Horse Thief by Tian Zhuangzhuang From the Mouth of the Horse by Ronald Neame Detour by Edgar George Ulmer The Second Wind by Jean-Pierre Melville Italian Divorce by Pietro Germi Dodsworth by William Wyler Jean-Pierre’s Doulos Melville Duel in the sun by King Vidor Les Enfants du paradis by Marcel Carné And turn the wooden horses by Robert Montgoméry Faces by John Cassavetes Falstaff by Orson Welles The Forbans of the night of Ju The Dassin Gadjo Dilo by Tony Gatlif The Great Knife by Robert Aldrich The Great War by Mario Monicelli The Claw of the Past by Jacques Tourneur The Rumble of the Mountain by Mikio Naruse The Man with the Camera by Dziga Vertov The Man from the Lost Valleys by George Stevens The Intendant Sansho by Kenji Mizoguchi The Vitelloni by Federico Fellini I know where I’m going by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger I’ve always loved you by Frank Borzage To Be or not to Be by Ernst Lubitsch The Diary of a Woman of bedroom by Jean Renoir Judex by Georges Franju Khroustaliov, my car! by Alexeï Guerman Tears of a Clown by Victor Sjöström Letter from an Unknown Woman by Max Ophüls Lucky Luciano by Rosi Francesco Yeleen by Souleymane Cissé The Merchant of the Four Seasons by RW Fassbinder The Massacre of Fort Apache by John Ford Contempt by Jean-Luc Godard Italian Murder by Pietro Germi Mickey One by Arthur Penn Nosferatu the Vampire by FW Murnau Floating Clouds by Mikio Naruse Whispers in the City by Joseph L. Mankiewicz The Threepenny Opera by Wolfgang Staudte Othello by Orson Welles Paris Belongs to Us by Jacques Rivette No Spring for Marnie by Alfred Hitchcock Le Passage du Canyon by Jacques Tourneur The Skin of Another by Jack Webb The Pharaoh by Jerzy Kawalerowicz Pickpocket by Robert Bresson The Bridges of Toko-Ri by Mark Robson The Port of Drugs by Samuel Fuller Psychosis by Alfred Hitchcock Forty Killers by Samuel Fuller Blood on the Thames by John Mackenzie Rio Bravo by Howard Hawks The River of Death by Charles Warren Marquis Rocco and His Brothers e Luchino Visconti The Music Room by Satyajit Ray Without Roof or Law by Agnès Varda Satan by Wallace Worsley Satyricon by Federico Fellini Shock Corridor by Samuel Fuller On the Velvet by Frank Borzage The Land by Alexander Dovjenko The Testament of Orpheus by John Cocteau The Phenix City Story by Phil Karlson Shanghai Gesture by Josef Von Sternberg Touchez pas au grisbi by Jacques Becker All on stage! by Vincente Minnelli Hunted in Chicago by John H. Auer The Treasure of the Sierra Madre by John Huston A Crime in the Head by John Frankenheimer The Two-Faced Revenge by Marlon Brando Journey to Tokyo by Yasujirõ Ozu Article written on June 5, 2019, updated updated November 17, 2022.
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