December 5, 2016 – Hollywood, California, U.S. – Producer MARTIN SCORSESE promotes the movie ‘Silence.’ Martin Charles Scorsese (born November 17, 1942) is an American director, producer, screenwriter, actor, and film historian, whose career spans more than 53 years. Scorsese’s body of work addresses such themes as Sicilian-American identity, Roman Catholic concepts of guilt and redemption, machismo, modern crime, and gang conflict. Many of his films are also notable for their depiction of violence and liberal use of profanity. He is a recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award for his contributions to the cinema, and has won an Academy Award, a Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival Best Director Award, Silver Lion, Grammy Award, Emmys, Golden Globes, BAFTAs, and DGA Awards. He has directed landmark films such as the crime film Mean Streets (1973), the vigilante-thriller Taxi Driver (1976), the biographical sports drama Raging Bull (1980), the black comedy The King of Comedy (1983), and the crime films Goodfellas (1990) and Casino (1995), all of which he collaborated on with actor and close friend Robert De Niro. Scorsese has also been noted for his collaborations with actor Leonardo DiCaprio, having directed him in five films, beginning with Gangs of New York (2002) and most recently The Wolf of Wall Street (2013). Upcoming: The Irishman (2018), Abundant Acreage Available (2017), The Snowman (2017) Tomorrow (2016) Sinatra (announced), The Untitled Grateful Dead Documentary Project, Silence (2016). (Credit Image: © Armando Gallo via ZUMA Studio)
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On Music: Martin Scorsese And The Sounds of ‘Silence’

Martin Scorsese latest opus, Silence, is an intimate prayer to the power of faith and the search for oneself. The composition of the soundtrack was very close to Scorsese, as he is equally passionate about music and film. “Going back to my childhood”, Scorsese recalls, “my family was working class and didn’t have any books in the house, so it was music and pictures. And the music spoke to me in kind of an abstract way, but emotional, and intellectually stimulating, whether it was jazz or classical music, whatever I was hearing.  And that never left.  It just never left.  And there is something music can do that nothing else can do and it’s pure. It comes right from the body and a voice. I find that art form probably the purest.  And I am always inspired by it.”

For Silence, Scorsese says, he had to go in a very different direction.:’I tried to think for years for music for (Silence) And when I got to the locations, it was quiet.  But quiet has a sound. And I would hear these sounds and I would say what is that and they would say it’s a frog. I hear something called the Taiwan barbet and no matter what was going on, that bird was on its calls straight through.  Animals have this subconscious harmony, and life goes on, this whole other life that we are leading something else, but this is really the spirit of existence, it’s all around us.  And so I tried to make sounds in the picture that were based on musical sounds of nature, cicadas and birds and the ocean.”