There’s not a week that goes by that we don’t think about the work of Martin Scorsese. (In fact, our current poll is about what is arguably the director’s most entertaining film, Goodfellas). When Scorsese first exploded onto the scene in the 1970s, he helped redefine and expand the parameters of what was possible in American film, influencing countless other filmmakers and having an incredible impact on pop culture in general — just see how often Taxi Driver‘s immortal “you talkin’ to me?” line has been repeated for proof of us. Films like that masterpiece and other genius works like Mean Streets, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Raging Bull, The King of Comedy, Goodfellas, and The Departed (to name but a few) show off Scorsese’s range and illustrate how he is the world’s greatest living filmmaker.
To celebrate Martin Scorsese’s 75th birthday today, we wanted to share the following articles from our archives with you. Each of these concerns a film of his that mirrors back society in different and compelling ways:
You can find our complete coverage of Martin Scorsese here, and let us know how his work has touched your life in the comments or even just tell us which of his movies is your favorite and why!