Happy birthday, Martin Scorsese! We celebrate the iconic director with an illustrated look at some of his most influential film classics.
Born today in 1942 in Flushing, New York, Martin Scorsese moved to Little Italy as a kid and it was in that neighborhood, which he described as being “like a village in Sicily,” where the young auteur fell in love with the cinema.
Suffering from severe asthma, he spent most of his childhood watching movies and by the time he was eight, he was already drawing his own storyboards that were “directed and produced by Martin Scorsese.” Although he considered going into the priesthood, making movies was Scorsese’s true calling, and he went on to make some of Hollywood’s most memorable films, incorporating themes from his Italian-American roots into his visceral, cinematic storytelling that has influenced generations of filmmakers.
To celebrate Scorsese’s birthday today, artist Sam Ferri takes an illustrated look at some of his film classics.