FILMED IN 1977, FEATURING DE PALMA, DE NIRO, JAY COCKS, JOHN CASSAVETES, JODIE FOSTER, LIZA MINNELLI, MORE
I think that every director worth anything - I mean, a man that makes films, vs. a man that takes a job to make a film, you know, who directs - I don't think Marty is a director. He really is a person that generates the energy behind everything that is accomplished in a film. And I would think that a director of his stature only makes one film. So that Who's That Knocking, Mean Streets, and Taxi Driver, and Alice, are all part and parcel of one film, of the way one man feels. - John Cassavetes
Well, I think all of his films are very musical, all of them. Film is like operas. - Liza Minnelli, talking about Martin Scorsese
Last July, Peter Hayden's rare 60-minute documentary from 1978, Movies Are My Life: A Profile on Martin Scorsese, was posted at rarefilmm, along with this description:
The very first full-length documentary on Scorsese offers an invaluable look at how he was perceived by his colleagues, and himself, in 1977. Catching Scorsese while while he was in post-production on New York, New York and editing The Last Waltz, British filmmaker Peter Hayden gets the manically hyper Scorsese to comment on his youth, his relation to his lead characters, and most importantly, his approach to direction. The doc doesn’t quite move at the pace of Scorsese’s revved-up speed-talking, but it does offer some real insight into his productivity in the 1970s, thanks to an impressive array of talking heads. Included are Scorsese’s collaborators Jay Cocks, Mardik Martin, Brian De Palma, Steven Prince (who co-produced this doc), and his mentor John Cassavetes. Also the performers, who discuss his working methods in detail — Jodie Foster, Liza Minnelli, and, of course, Robert De Niro.
Director: Peter Hayden.
Writers: Peter Hayden, Chris Ranger
The documentary includes montages of Scorsese on sets of his films, and a section showing him filming the opening prologue of Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. A version of the documentary was also posted to YouYube (below), although for YouTube, "a couple of segments had to be cut out due to copyright," according to the description: