There’s a point in “The Oratorio” when the attention turns to the organ at St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in New York City. The giant instrument is both a vestige and a living example of the long history of the church, located on Mulberry Street near Chinatown and Little Italy in Manhattan. With key parts made from wood and leather, it’s something for...

As “The Oratorio: A Documentary With Martin Scorsese” reminds us, the eponymous director’s deep attachment to the Little Italy neighborhood in which he was raised has endured throughout his life. Within that area of lower Manhattan, he observes in the film, one place retains paramount significance for him: the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedra...

Goodfellas is widely considered one of the greatest movies in film history, and many elements from it have been praised over the years, as are the performances of the main cast – but it was almost different as Paul Sorvino almost dropped out before filming. Martin Scorsese has explored a variety of genres throughout his career as a filmmaker, earni...

Martin Scorsese is arguably the greatest living American film director, and since the very beginning of his decades-spanning career, he's made a habit of appearing in his films in small cameo roles. No doubt taking his cue from filmmakers like Alfred Hitchcock, who was never shy of a cameo, his onscreen roles have been legion. Sometimes they're a f...

“Cinema is a matter of what’s in the frame and what’s out.” – Martin Scorsese The greatest boxing film to have ever been made is, actually, not even about boxing at all. Raging Bull is often cited as Martin Scorsese’s comeback film, the manifestation of his artistic genius after the poor reception of New York, New York in 1977 and nearly dying of a...

Osage cultural leaders met with director Martin Scorsese and lead actor Leonardo DiCaprio on Monday evening at Woolaroc. The discussion centered on the film adaptation of David Grann’s bestselling book, “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Indian Murders and the Birth of the FBI.” Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear and Chad Renfro organized t...

The 1980 biographical sports film Raging Bull transcends both genre descriptors often attached to it. Yes, it tells the true story of Jake Lamotta, an Italian-American boxer who hit his peak in the 1940’s and 50’s. So technically it is biographical and about sports, yet neither of these words leap to mind when trying to summarise the experience it...

Francesca Scorsese grew up around film. Every Saturday, she and her dad, Martin Scorsese (ever heard of him?), would watch classic movies together, and she clocked her 10,000 hours on set before most. Now 20, with her roles as “Little Girl” in The Aviator, The Departed, and Boardwalk Empire behind her, she’s stepping into her own as Britney, a self...

More than 30 celebrities will join the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) in celebrating NIAF’s 45th Anniversary Gala virtually and honoring Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on Saturday, October 31, 2020. Dr. Fauci will be presented NIAF’s 2020 Leonardo da Vinci Award for Leadersh...

Martin Scorsese is, inarguably, one of the greatest film directors in cinema history. This is due to his almost encyclopedic knowledge of film history, which he utilizes in all his work. Scorsese has been working in movies since 1959 and made his mark initially in the ’70s with the gritty, realistic crime drama films before moving on to more varied...