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Martin Scorsese (left) and Leonardo DiCaprio (right) on the set of The Aviator (2004)

1 / 24 Martin Scorsese (left) and Leonardo DiCaprio (right) on the set of The Aviator (2004)

Martin Scorsese directs Liza Minnelli and Robert De Niro on the set of The Last Waltz (1977-1978)

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Scorsese (centre) directs Frank Vincent (left) and Robert De Niro (right) in Casino (1995)

6 / 24 Scorsese (centre) directs Frank Vincent (left) and Robert De Niro (right) in Casino (1995)

Martin Scorsese on the set of Casino (1995)

7 / 24 Martin Scorsese on the set of Casino (1995)

Martin Scorsese directs Sharon Stone in Casino (1995)

8 / 24 Martin Scorsese directs Sharon Stone in Casino (1995)

Martin Scorsese directs his mother, Catherine Scorsese and Vinny Vella on the set of Casino (1995)

9 / 24 Martin Scorsese directs his mother, Catherine Scorsese and Vinny Vella on the set of Casino (1995)

Martin Scorsese directs Frank Vincent and Joe Pesci on the set of Casino (1995)

10 / 24 Martin Scorsese directs Frank Vincent and Joe Pesci on the set of Casino (1995)

Martin Scorsese directs Kate Beckinsale and Leonardo DiCaprio on the set of The Aviator (2004)

11 / 24 Martin Scorsese directs Kate Beckinsale and Leonardo DiCaprio on the set of The Aviator (2004)

Martin Scorsese directs Leonardo DiCaprio on the set of The Aviator (2004)

12 / 24 Martin Scorsese directs Leonardo DiCaprio on the set of The Aviator (2004)

Martin Scorsese directs Robert De Niro (James Conway) on the set of Goodfellas (1990)

13 / 24 Martin Scorsese directs Robert De Niro (James Conway) on the set of Goodfellas (1990)

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Martin Scorsese on the set of Kundun (1997)

15 / 24 Martin Scorsese on the set of Kundun (1997)

Martin Scorsese on the set of Kundun (1997)

16 / 24 Martin Scorsese on the set of Kundun (1997)

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Martin Scorsese on the set of The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

18 / 24 Martin Scorsese on the set of The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

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Martin Scorsese with Robert De Niro and Jake La Motta on the set of Raging Bull (1980)

20 / 24 Martin Scorsese with Robert De Niro and Jake La Motta on the set of Raging Bull (1980)

Martin Scorsese on the set of Taxi Driver (1976)

21 / 24 Martin Scorsese on the set of Taxi Driver (1976)

Martin Scorsese on the set of The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

22 / 24 Martin Scorsese on the set of The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese between takes on the set of The Departed (2006)

23 / 24 Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese between takes on the set of The Departed (2006)

Martin Scorsese with Jack Nicholson on the set of The Departed (2006)

24 / 24 Martin Scorsese with Jack Nicholson on the set of The Departed (2006)

Martin Scorsese (left) and Leonardo DiCaprio (right) on the set of The Aviator (2004)

1 / 24 Martin Scorsese (left) and Leonardo DiCaprio (right) on the set of The Aviator (2004)

Martin Scorsese directs Liza Minnelli and Robert De Niro on the set of The Last Waltz (1977-1978)

2 / 24 Martin Scorsese directs Liza Minnelli and Robert De Niro on the set of The Last Waltz (1977-1978)

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Scorsese (centre) directs Frank Vincent (left) and Robert De Niro (right) in Casino (1995)

6 / 24 Scorsese (centre) directs Frank Vincent (left) and Robert De Niro (right) in Casino (1995)

Martin Scorsese on the set of Casino (1995)

7 / 24 Martin Scorsese on the set of Casino (1995)

Martin Scorsese directs Sharon Stone in Casino (1995)

8 / 24 Martin Scorsese directs Sharon Stone in Casino (1995)

Martin Scorsese directs his mother, Catherine Scorsese and Vinny Vella on the set of Casino (1995)

9 / 24 Martin Scorsese directs his mother, Catherine Scorsese and Vinny Vella on the set of Casino (1995)

Martin Scorsese directs Frank Vincent and Joe Pesci on the set of Casino (1995)

10 / 24 Martin Scorsese directs Frank Vincent and Joe Pesci on the set of Casino (1995)

Martin Scorsese directs Kate Beckinsale and Leonardo DiCaprio on the set of The Aviator (2004)

11 / 24 Martin Scorsese directs Kate Beckinsale and Leonardo DiCaprio on the set of The Aviator (2004)

Martin Scorsese directs Leonardo DiCaprio on the set of The Aviator (2004)

12 / 24 Martin Scorsese directs Leonardo DiCaprio on the set of The Aviator (2004)

Martin Scorsese directs Robert De Niro (James Conway) on the set of Goodfellas (1990)

13 / 24 Martin Scorsese directs Robert De Niro (James Conway) on the set of Goodfellas (1990)

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Martin Scorsese on the set of Kundun (1997)

15 / 24 Martin Scorsese on the set of Kundun (1997)

Martin Scorsese on the set of Kundun (1997)

16 / 24 Martin Scorsese on the set of Kundun (1997)

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Martin Scorsese on the set of The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

18 / 24 Martin Scorsese on the set of The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

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Martin Scorsese with Robert De Niro and Jake La Motta on the set of Raging Bull (1980)

20 / 24 Martin Scorsese with Robert De Niro and Jake La Motta on the set of Raging Bull (1980)

Martin Scorsese on the set of Taxi Driver (1976)

21 / 24 Martin Scorsese on the set of Taxi Driver (1976)

Martin Scorsese on the set of The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

22 / 24 Martin Scorsese on the set of The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese between takes on the set of The Departed (2006)

23 / 24 Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese between takes on the set of The Departed (2006)

Martin Scorsese with Jack Nicholson on the set of The Departed (2006)

24 / 24 Martin Scorsese with Jack Nicholson on the set of The Departed (2006)


After watching in wonder Martin Scorsese’s fantastical Hugo with its deep focus, extreme high and low angles and sweeping 3D panoramas of a wonderfully stylised Post World War One Paris we were inspired to dive headlong into Scorsese on Scorsese which delves into the director's fabled working practices.

For 40 years critic and documentary filmmaker Michael Henry Wilson chronicled every step of Scorsese's career, bringing the results together in a beautiful hardback volume that includes hundreds of on-set photographs recording the filming of infamous classics like Raging Bull and Goodfellas. It also catalogues Scorsese's private notes, family photos, drawings, manuscripts and storyboards.

The director’s storyboards brilliantly illustrate how he imagines his films will move from one shot to the next and give a fascinating insight into the planning process behind each blockbuster movie.

Another highlight of Scorsese on Scorsese are the images of the director on-set with cast and crew during filming. The gallery above gives a glimpse inside the book and brings together our favourite shots of a cinematic genius at work.

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