how martin scorsese changed the world ..

martin scorsese has been acknowledged as the greatest american filmmaker of his generation. the evidence of this critical acclaim is abundant. his lack of recognition from the academy awards actually adds to rather than detracts from his reputation; after all, orson welles, alfred hitchcock and stanley kubrick were also all denied oscars. with this acclaim by both filmmakers and critics alike, scorsese has been able to accumulate a great deal of cultural prestige and power, despite the limited success and at times outright failure of his films at the box office. scorsese’s prestige also comes from his championing of film preservation and his efforts to ensure our "film heritage" is not lost. as he ages, scorsese the cultural arbiter of taste has become as celebrated as scorsese the filmmaker, as witnessed by his 1995 BFI documentary on the history of american film, a personal journey with martin scorsese through american movies. if steven spielberg, with his box office success and academy awards, is the popular representative of their generation, scorsese is clearly the generation’s critical darling.

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