Martin Scorsese Chats About 85 Films During One Interview

Martin Scorsese Chats About 85 Films During One Interview

Feb 27, 2012

Talking to Martin Scorsese for four hours has got to be a treat — though we imagine Xanax would probably be required somewhere along the way, as the director's energy can run entertainingly manic. The filmmaker is a true movie geek. His recent love letter to the golden age of Hollywood, Hugo, proves it. That's why we don't find it unbelievable that during an hours-long convo with Fast Company the director cited 85 different movies during a single conversation. 

If you're a Scorsese fan, you'll definitely recognize several of these pictures, which he's named in previous interviews. Cat People and Cape Fear have made best-of horror lists by the filmmaker before. Classic films like Citizen Kane have also made the rounds on his lists. Scorsese emphatically describes the Orson Welles tale as "the greatest risk-taking of all time in film." The directors Scorsese admires are also evident throughout — like indie god John Cassavetes, John Ford, and more. 
Website Bleeding Cool broke down the list and pointed out that Scorsese's picks are somewhat limited, in that beyond American, British, and Italian cinema, there really isn't much of an international spread on display. They also remarked about the lack of films made in the past twenty years and mentions of animated features. Let us know if you think the director's just showing his age here, or if he's chosen to focus on the most influential in his palette of influences.
Ace in the Hole
All that Heaven Allows
America, America
An American in Paris
Apocalypse Now
Arsenic and Old Lace
The Bad and the Beautiful
The Band Wagon
Born on the Fourth of July
Cape Fear
Cat People
Citizen Kane
The Conversation
Dial M for Murder
Do the Right Thing
Duel in the Sun
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Europa ’51
The Fall of the Roman Empire
The Flowers of St. Francis
Force of Evil
Forty Guns
Germany Year Zero
The Godfather
Gun Crazy
Heaven’s Gate
House of Wax
How Green Was My Valley
The Hustler
I Walk Alone
The Infernal Cakewalk
It Happened One Nght
Jason and the Argonauts
Journey to Italy
Julius Caesar
Kansas City
Kiss Me Deadly
La Terra Trema
The Lady From Shanghai
The Leopard
The Magic Box
A Matter of Life and Death
McCabe & Mrs. Miller
The Messiah
Midnight Cowboy
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Night and the City
One, Two, Three
Peeping Tom
Pickup on South Street
The Player
The Power and the Glory
Raw Deal
The Red Shoes
The Rise of Louis XIV
The Roaring Twenties
Rocco and his Brothers
Rome, Open City
Secrets of the Soul
Shock Corridor
Some Came Running
Sullivan’s Travels
Sweet Smell of Success
Tales of Hoffman
The Third Man
Touch of Evil
The Trial
Two Weeks in Another Town

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