Martin Scorsese’s iconic scripts, costumes, props on display in ACMI exhibition

Handwritten scripts and classic photographs belonging to legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese will be part of an exhibition exploring his career at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in Melbourne.

Simply titled Scorsese, the show will feature scripts, props, notes and costumes, some which have never been shown before.

With more than 60 directorial credits, curator Fiona Trigg said fans of his work would be in for a treat.

“It’s a really rich and complicated exhibition that explores his work, all the way through from Taxi Driver to his most recent works,” she said.

“It’s full of classic photographs, handwritten scripts and mementos, costumes and props from his whole career.”

Martin Scorsese on the set of HugoPHOTO: Martin Scorsese working with young actor Asa Butterfield while filming Hugo. (Sikelia Productions)

Several costumes are being shown exclusively in Australia, including the dresses worn by Cate Blanchett and Gwen Stefani in The Aviator, as well as costumes from Hugo, all designed by Sandy Powell.

“Costumes from the film Hugo, which Martin Scorsese made in tribute to the innovative French filmmaker Georges Melies, is [about] Hugo the young orphan boy who lives in a railway station, who finds Georges Melies’ work in a newsagency stand,” Ms Trigg said.

The director has also provided a number of items from his own personal collection.

Props from Gangs of New YorkPHOTO: Props from Gangs of New York are featured in the exhibition. (Deutsche Kinemathek/M. Stefanowski)

“There are some beautiful movie posters from his own collection that normally live on the walls of his house,” she said.

“There are some iconic props from Hitchcock films and a lot of very personal letters and postcards and film posters, and letters between Scorsese and other film directors that he’s worked with or that he’s friends with,” she said.

Perhaps surprisingly, Scorsese has only won one Academy Award, for The Departed starring Leonardo DiCaprio in 2007.

The exhibition reflects on the influences on his career including his Italian heritage, his family and his upbringing in New York.

The exhibition will run until September 18.

Martin Scorsese in New YorkPHOTO: Martin Scorsese’s love of New York is a significant focus of the exhibition. (Sikelia Productions)

Topics: film-movies, melbourne-3000, vic

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