Interviewed for the DVD release of Murder by Contract
(1958). He said that he saw the film in a theater as a teenager and it had a profound effect on him. The scenes in Taxi Driver
(1976) with Robert De Niro
raining alone in his apartment were inspired by a similar scene in "Murder by Contract".
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Every time I get on an airplane I know I'm not really an atheist. 'Oh, God, dear God,' I say the minute the plane takes off. 'I'm sorry for all my sins, please don't let this plane crash.' And I keep praying out loud until the plane lands.
He was one of three major directors to have been offered the opportunity to direct Schindler's List
(1993) by producer Steven Spielberg
, the other two being Roman Polanski
and Billy Wilder
. Scorsese thought a Jewish filmmaker should direct it; Polanski wasn't yet ready to deal with the painful subject (having lost his mother in the Holocaust); and Wilder (who was retired and who lost his mother ...
Many of his films feature double-focus shots, which splice together two shots of characters in different depths in order to keep both in focus.