BY JON CRONIN
Queens native and prolific filmmaker Martin Scorsese appeared at the opening of the first North American major exhibition about his life and work this weekend at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria.
At the opening, Scorsese mentioned a little-known fact. He was actually born in Flushing and spent his first eight years in Corona, and then moved to Little Italy in Manhattan.
The exhibition originated in Germany and is being curated by Deutsche Kinematheck of the Museum für Film und Fernsehen in Berlin. The exhibition will be on view at the Museum of the Moving Image from Dec. 11, 2016, through April 23, 2017.
For the next five months, it will present a comprehensive retrospective of Martin Scorsese’s films, life and passion for cinema. The first part of the retrospective, Martin Scorsese in the 21st Century, features six films directed by Scorsese since 2000, and will be presented in the museum’s Redstone Theater from Dec. 16-30, 2016.
The retrospective will also include personal appearances by key collaborators. The first will be by visual-effects supervisor Rob Legato, who collaborated with Scorsese on six films. On Sunday, Jan. 15, Legato will present highlights of his work on such films as “The Aviator,” “Hugo,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Shutter Island” and “The Departed.” All of these films will be shown at the museum in December.
“Martin Scorsese has been a great American director since the 1970s,” said David Schwartz, the museum’s chief curator, who organized the retrospective with associate film curator Eric Hynes. “We wanted to start our retrospective with his most recent films, to show that he continues to be a vital force in American cinema.”
The exhibition “demonstrates Scorsese’s creative and collaborative process,” said a museum spokesperson. “In parallel, it sheds light on how his work is both deeply personal and reflects a profound knowledge and love of cinema. The exhibition, featuring approximately 600 objects, is primarily drawn from Martin Scorsese’s private collection, enhanced by items from prominent American and European archives.”
The film schedule for the retrospective is included below and online at movingimage.us. Unless otherwise noted, tickets are $15 (with discounts for seniors and students, and free for museum members at select levels). Advance tickets are available. Ticket purchase includes same-day museum admission.