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Fact: Martin Scorsese and George A. Romero frequented the same store in Bronx, New York as children for one specific reason.

Martin Scorsese directed his first feature film in 1967 from a famously dark comic, The Big Shave, which features Peter Bernuth. Since then, the films he has directed are in a league of their own. That is why he is widely regarded as one of the most significant and influential filmmakers in cinema history. Just to list a modest few, Scorsese directed Mean Streets (1973), Taxi Driver (which he plays a part in; 1976), Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas (1990), The Departed (2006), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), and Gangs of New York (2002).

Martin Scorsese has directed a total of 59 films currently, 8 of which included Robert De Niro. In fact, when asked about Robert De Niro, Scorsese says that his creative collaboration with De Niro is very deep and that they can often understand one another without speech. Scorsese even goes as far as showing De Niro every script he writes or considers directing even if ultimately De Niro has no involvement.

As a teenager in the Bronx, Scorsese frequently rented Michael Powell’s The Tales of Hoffmann (1951) from a store that only had one copy of the reel. When it wasn’t available, the owner often told Scorsese, “that Romero kid has it,” referring to George A. Romero. Today, the both of them as directors cite the film as a major influence.


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