Martin Scorsese

  • Aired:  11/17/11
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Martin Scorsese talks about his daughter's influence on his movies and the effects of leading an isolated life as a young boy. (8:28)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Jon: MY GUEST TONIGHT IS

AN ACADEMY AWARD-WINNING

DIRECTOR.

>> I KNOW YOU'VE BEEN SITTING

ACROSS FROM THE SHOPS.

>> Jon: THAT'S ACTUALLY THE

WHOLE MOVIE.

PLEASE WELCOME MARTIN SCORSESE

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

DISPR NICE TO SEE YOU

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

WHEW!

FIRST OF ALL, LET ME TELL YOU,

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE

TONIGHT.

TODAY IS YOUR BIRTHDAY, FOR

GOODNESS SAKE

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

IT'S SO NICE TO SEE YOU.

I WENT AND SAW THIS FILM LAST

NIGHT.

I DON'T NORMALLY DO THAT BECAUSE

I DON'T NORMALLY RESPECT MY

GUESTS

( LAUGHTER )

IT'S A BEAUTIFUL FILM.

NOT THE BODY COUNT THAT I

NORMALLY LIKE TO SEE IN ONE OF

YOUR FILMS.

BUT A BEAUTIFUL-- JUST A REALLY

WONDERFUL, LOVELY ODE-- A LOVE

LETTER ALMOST TO FILM MAKING.

>> THAT'S PART OF IT.

OF COURSE THE BOY WHO IS 12

YEARS OLD, ASSA BUTTERFIELD,

LIVING IN PARIS IN 1931.

THIS ISOLATED KID GETS INVOLVED

WITH THE OLDER GENTLEMAN YOU SAW

PLAYED BY BEN KINGSLEY, WHO

TURNS OUT TO BE GEORGE MELIER,

ONE OF THE GREAT PIONEERS OF

CINEMA.

HE DID HAVE A TOY STORE.

16 YEARS AFTER HIS LIFE HAD BEEN

DESTROYED, AFTER HE CREATED

EVERYTHING WE DO NOW IN CINEMA,

FROM JIM CAMERON, SPIELBERG,

LUCAS, ALL COMES FROM WHAT HE

DID.

IT DOES HAVE A HAPPY ENDING.

>> Jon: IT HAS A WONDERFUL

ENDING.

I DIDN'T REALIZE BECAUSE IT HAS

SO MANY FANTASTIC AND

FANTASTICAL ELEMENTS BUT I

GRABBED A LITTLE WIKIPEDIA

TODAY.

IT'S A TRUE STORY

( LAUGHTER ).

>> IT'S TRUE.

HE MADE ABOUT 500 FILMS.

WHEN THEY FOUND HIM AT THE

STATION, 1928,, "THEY SAID YOU

LOOK LIKE MELUOUS.

HE SAID I AM.

HE LOST MOST OF HIS FINANCING

WHEN THE BIGGER COMPANIES CAME

IN.

WHAT HAPPENED EDISON, HERE, ALSO

AT THAT TIME, THERE WAS A LOT

GOING ON WITH COPYRIGHT AND THAT

SORT OF THING.

BUT IN ANY EVENT, THEY SAID--

THEY TOOK HIM IN.

THEY-- HE WAS FETTED EVERYWHERE

AROUND THE WORLD.

I THINK HE DIED IN 1938.

HE WAS HOPING TO COME TO

HOLLYWOOD TO WORK ON A FANTASY

FILM IN HOLLYWOOD.

>> Jon: THAT'S TREMENDOUS.

THERE'S A STORY EDISON HAD TAKEN

ONE OF HIS FILMS AND SHOWED IT,

AND IT BECAME ENORMOUSLY POPULAR

IN AMERICA BUT EDISON DECIDED

NOT TO PAY-- I GUESS WHAT WE

WOULD CALL IN THESE DAYS,

ROYALTIES.

>> THAT'S RIGHT, THAT'S RIGHT.

SO WHAT HAPPENED IS THAT HE--

THE FILM, I THINK WAS THE FAMOUS

ONE, "A TRIP TO THE MOON."

>> Jon: WHEN THE MOON GET

HIT IN THE EYE--

>> THEY WERE JUST TAKING THE

FILMS AND MAKING DUPEES OF THEM.

THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS WHY HE

WAS FINISHED FINANCIALLY,

ULTIMATELY.

>> Jon: IN SOME WAYS

EDISON, ALSO THE INVENTOR OF THE

PHONOGRAPH AND ALL THOSE THINGS,

INVENTED PIRATING MOVIES

( LAUGHTER ).

>> OH, YES.

IT'S A GREAT IDEA.

IF YOU WANT TO SEE A FILM, PUT A

NICKEL IN HERE.

>> Jon: THAT'S WHAT I'M

TALKING ABOUT.

THIS IS A 3D MOVIE IS THIS YOUR

FIRST 3D.

>> YES.

>> Jon: YOU PITCHED THE

IDEA TO THE STUDIOS.

YOU SAID I HAVE AN IDEA FAIR

MOVIE.

IT'S A 3D MOVIE INSIDE OF A

CLOCK.

>> BUT IT LOOKS GREAT INSIDE OF

THE CLOCK.

I WENT UP THERE AND THOSE--

THAT'S WHAT IT IS.

THAT'S WHAT IT IS.

IT'S AMAZING.

I MEAN, WE AMPLIFIED SOMEWHAT

BASED ON BRIAN'S BOOK, BRIAN

SELZNICK.

FIVE YEARS I WAS GOING TO MAKE

THE PICTURE.

THINGS DIDN'T TURN OUT.

MY WIFE READ THE BOOK AND SAID,

"IT'S FOR YOU."

IN THE MEANTIME-- IN THE

MEANTIME-- 12 YEARS AGO

( LAUGHTER )

WE HAD A LITTLE GIRL.

IN THE MEANTIME, ALL THIS TIME--

WHEN THE KIDS COME, THEY'RE

SMALL.

>> Jon: BUT THEY'RE NOT

HAMPSTERS.

>> NO, BUT THAT'S THE POINT.

THEY GROW.

WHEN THEY GROW, YOU KNOW, THEY

START TO WALK.

THEY START TO ASK YOU QUESTIONS,

START TO TALK TO YOU.

YOU'RE LIVING WITH THIS-- THIS--

YOU KNOW, A PERSON.

>> Jon: YES.

>> AND YOU HAVE TO ANSWER THESE

THING.

SO WHAT HAPPENS THE KID READS

THE BOOK, SHE LIKES THE BOOK,

HELEN LIKING THE BOOK AND

FINALLY THEY ALL LOOKED AT ME

AND SAID, "WHY DON'T YOU MACH A

PICTURE YOUR KIDS CAN SEE FOR

ONCE?

WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH YOU."

>> I HAD ASTHMA ALL THE TIME

WHEN I WAS A KID.

I WAS ISOLATED.

I COULDN'T SPLAY SPORTS OR

ANYTHING LIKE THAT.

I WAS KEPT IN A ROOM-- YOU KNOW.

( LAUGHTER )

I DID GO OUT A LITTLE BIT.

THEY WOULDN'T LET ME OUT.

>> Jon: THEY KEPT YOU IN A

ROOM SOMEWHERE.

>> IN THE APARTMENT, YES.

I WENT OUT.

I WENT OUT.

I WENT TO SCHOOL AND STUFF LIKE

THAT.

BUT I WASN'T ALLOWED TO RUN OR

LAUGH.

>> Jon: WHAT!

>> THE POINT IS I'D START

LAUGHING AND, YOU KNOW --

>> BUT YOU HAVE SUCH A GREAT

LAUGH.

>> WELL, THAT'S WHY NOW.

>> Jon: SO YOU SAT IN A

ROOM AS A BOY WORKING ON YOUR

LAUGH.

( LAUGHTER ).

>> YOU HAD TO.

WHERE I CAME FROM.

>> Jon: WHY ISN'T THIS A

MOVIE BECAUSE THIS--

( APPLAUSE )

WHAT AN INCREDIBLE FILM THAT

WOULD BE.

I THINK IT WOULD BE WONDERFUL.

DO YOU KNOW HOW TO FIX CLOCKS?

BECAUSE WE COULD-- I.

>> I DIDN'T KNOW ANY OF THAT.

>> Jon: HAS THIS PERSON

THAT HAS GROWN IN YOUR HOUSE

SEEN THE FILM?

>> YES, BUT SHE'S ONLY SEEN IT

THREE TIMES.

I SAID, "COME, NOW.

YOU HAVE TO GET IN THERE."

>> Jon: EXACTLY.

>> THE MINUTE I SAID I WAS GOING

TO DO THE FILM, ALL HER AND HER

FRIENDS YELLED, "IN 3D, RIGHT?"

>> Jon: IT HAD TO BE IN 3D.

NOW THAT SHE'S SEEN IT DOES SHE

COMPREHEND WHAT YOU DO?

>> WELL, SHE-- SHE WAS EXCITED

WHEN THAT "SHUTTER ISLAND"

OPENED.

OF COURSE SHE COULDN'T SEE ANY

OF THAT

( LAUGHTER )

THE KID IS LIKE NINE YEARS OLD

AND ASKING, "DAD,LYO IS THISN

THIS.

LOOK WHOSE HAPPENING."

SO FINALLY, WE WERE DOING SOME

OF THE SHOTS IN LONDON AND SHE

WAS THERE FOR THE SUMMER.

AND WE WERE DRIVING BACK IN THE

CAR AND SHE LEANED OVER TO ME

AND SAID, "YOU KNOW, I THINK

THIS MIGHT BE REALLY

INTERESTING, THIS FILM."

"NO OFFENSE ABOUT "SHUTTER

ISLAND" BUT I THINK THIS-- AND

SHE HAD ANOTHER IDEA, TOO, WHICH

WAS INTERESTING.

"WHY DON'T YOU FIND OUT WHAT

PEOPLE LIKE."

( LAUGHTER )

AND THEN MAKE A FILM.

I SAID, I NEVER THOUGHT OF THAT.

SO YOU'RE THINKING --

>> I LOVE IT.

>> WHAT HAPPENS, YES, THE KIDS

IN THE MOVIE WERE WONDERFUL.

ASA AND CHLOE.

>> Jon: IT'S A WONDERFUL

FILM.

IT REALLY IS.

THANK GOD I WAS WEARING

3D GLASSES BECAUSE I WAS CRYING

LIKE AN IDIOT.

"HUGO" IN THE THEATERS NOVEMBER

23.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, SIR.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

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