Movie Magic: A "Graphic" Look at Martin Scorsese's Film Classics

Happy birthday, Martin Scorsese! We celebrate the iconic director with an illustrated look at some of his most influential film classics.
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Happy birthday, Martin Scorsese! We celebrate the iconic director with an illustrated look at some of his most influential film classics.
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Film director Martin Scorsese turns 72 today. (Photo: Getty Images)

Born today in 1942 in Flushing, New York, Martin Scorsese moved to Little Italy as a kid and it was in that neighborhood, which he described as being "like a village in Sicily," where the young auteur fell in love with the cinema. 

Suffering from severe asthma, he spent most of his childhood watching movies and by the time he was eight, he was already drawing his own storyboards that were "directed and produced by Martin Scorsese." Although he considered going into the priesthood, making movies was Scorsese's true calling, and he went on to make some of Hollywood's most memorable films, incorporating themes from his Italian-American roots into his visceral, cinematic storytelling that has influenced generations of filmmakers. 

To celebrate Scorsese's birthday today, artist Sam Ferri takes an illustrated look at some of his film classics. 

Mean Streets Photo

Mean Streets" (1973), starring Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro, was Scorsese's breakthrough film that introduced fans to his Mafia motifs and gritty cinematic style.

Taxi Driver Comic

In 1976, Scorsese's "Taxi Driver," starring Robert De Niro as psychotic loner Travis Bickle, is considered a cinematic masterpiece, and continued the actor and director's legendary collaboration.

Raging Bull Comic

"Raging Bull," Scorsese's 1980 biopic about boxer Jake LaMotta, was nominated for eight Academy Awards including a Best Actor win for Robert De Niro in the title role.

Goodfellas Comic

Scorsese proved himself again as the master of mob films with "Goodfellas" (1990), starring Ray Liotta as real-life mobster Henry Hill.

Gangs of New York Comic

Scorsese portrays the mean streets of mid-19th century New York in his historical drama "Gangs of New York" (1990), starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Amsterdam Vallon who is out to avenge the death of his father at the hands of savage crime boss Bill "the Butcher" Cutting (Daniel Day-Lewis).