Martin Scorsese in Filmhaus

To simply call him one of the most prominent and essential American film-makers of all time would certainly be an understatement. ‘Marty’ has always aimed to be more. A great storyteller, a captivating narrator and a skilled architect of human emotions. In addition to dedicating his life and career to preserving cinematic art, he also became one of the founding members of The Film Instiution, an organization established to protect international film heritage. The German Museum of Cinematography celebrates Martin Scorcese’s 70th birthday by taking you upon an intimate journey through his rough childhood days in Little Italy, his first steps into the world of movies. It offers a peek behind the curtain of film making viewers rarely get a chance to see – ever wondered how a scene is born in director’s mind? How do you create just the right perception without a word being spoken?

Wandering the halls of a two-floor exhibiton, you come across both audio and video excerpts, personal correspondence between Martin and his fellow directors and a rare photo material you may have never seen before. But perhaps, more important than the original Kate Hepburn dress from The Aviator is the story the exhibition attempts to tell. A story of a man whose unique family environment, a sense of brotherhood both binding and regulating, had a profound influence on his approach to creative directing. Characters and places vary but people find themselves facing identical situations, coming up against the same issues. Scarred by betrayal and fear they yearn for a safety net but end up being trapped instead. Caught up in default conditions they seldomly escape the lure of violence  ever searching however for the exact opposite – peace and balance.

Gearing up to Berlinale, this is an exhibition you should definitely not miss!

Where: Deutsche Kinemathek Museum für Film und Fernsehen, Potsdamerstr. 2

How to get there: From Amstel House take the U9 underground line in direction of Rathaus Steglitz, get off at the U-Bahn station Zoologischer Garten. Change onto red line U2 in direction of Pankow and get off at Potsdamer Platz.

When: 10.1.2013 – 12.5.2013

Entry: 5 Euro, students 2,50