Martin Scorsese to get the tribute he deserves in early 2017

The BFI today announced plans for a major focus on Martin Scorsese during January and February 2017, a tribute the American director of acclaimed fare such as Mean Streets and Taxi Driver surely deserves. The season coincides with the highly anticipated release of the director's new film SILENCE in cinemas in January 2017. Highlights of the planned multi-month season will include Scorsese's hit gangster flick Goodfellas being re-released back on screens across the UK on 20 January in a new 4K restoration, while Park Circus will release a 4K restoration of Taxi Driver on UK screens from 10 February. Both films will get an extended run at BFI Southbank too.

Stuart Brown, BFI Head of Programme and Acquisitions said: “Martin Scorsese’s contribution to cinema is unique and unparalleled; not only is he is one of America’s finest filmmakers with a remarkable body of work, but he has also, through his non-profit organisation, The Film Foundation, brought back to life many classic, silent, independent and world cinema titles that might otherwise have disappeared from view. Scorsese’s own films are formally inventive, original in style, expertly cast, full of insight and highly entertaining. The BFI are thrilled to be bringing them back to the big screen where they belong”.

The full details of the tribute season are:

  • BFI brings GOODFELLAS back to screens across the UK on 20 January in a glorious 4K restoration, in partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures International. Park Circus will release the 4K restoration of TAXI DRIVER on UK screens from 10 February including an extended run at BFI Southbank. Complete Martin Scorsese retrospective at BFI Southbank, including his new film SILENCE which will be released on 1 January. The season will also include a new 4K restoration of THE AGE OF INNOCENCE.
  •  Scorsese personally curates 20 films restored through The Film Foundation to play at BFI Southbank.
  • BFI and Southbank Centre (as part of the Film Scores Live Series), presents, in association with Sony Pictures and Park Circus TAXI DRIVER IN CONCERT with the original Bernard Herrmann score performed live with the film by the BBC Concert Orchestra. 
  • WHO’S THAT KNOCKING AT MY DOOR and ALICE DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE released on DVD/Blu-ray in BFI Dual Format Editions
  • ‘Scorsese collection’ released on BFI Player, focusing on his documentary work and the great works of cinema that inspired him.

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