Martin Scorsese shared his positive remarks and honored his colleague, Bernardo Bertolucci, the acclaimed Italian movie director who died on Monday.
In the wake of the passing of Bertolucci, Scorsese cited that the deceased filmmaker opened plenty of opportunities for him and encouraged him as a film director.
The Hollywood moviemaker recalled that he initially witnessed the young Bertolucci’s 1964 movie, “Before the Revolution” at the Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall during the second New York Film Festival.
In a statement, Scorsese said that he then felt amazed and speechless. He found the talent and pure artistry which Bertolucci offered through his film as stirring and astounding.
Scorsese mentioned that he was impressed with “Before the Revolution” because it presented cross and cultural references as well as creative independence.
Moreover, the classic movie directed by the “The Last Emperor” director encouraged him to pursue his interest in filmmaking.
At a Gucci dinner in 2010, Scorsese and Bertolucci were both present at an event held for the restoration of the movie “La Dolce Vita.”
This was a 1960 Italian drama movie which was co-written and directed by Italian screenwriter and director, Federico Fellini.
Scorsese also praised the other works of Bertolucci such as “Last Tango in Paris,” “The Sheltering Sky,” and “The Conformist.”
He said that Bertolucci’s movies have a profound influence in the Hollywood movie industry and they had even re-created historical events.
Scorsese further defined Bertolucci as a refined director and artist. He pointed out that the Italian film director was colorful and alluring in his works.
Nonetheless, Scorsese said that it was Bertolucci’s elegance, gentleness, and his vast knowledge of his country’s culture and history that made his life and movie-making unique.
The “Wolf of Wall Street” director, who has worked with Hollywood A-listers like Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, expressed his sorrow when he saw the wheelchair-bound Bertolucci.
Scorsese believed that the late director may still have wanted to create more movies in the latter parts of his life.
The director added that when he thinks about Bertolucci, he said that he would always see a man who is forever young.