Martin Scorsese celebration to kick off BFI’s 2017 programme

GoodFellas and Taxi Driver will be back in cinemas around the UK, alongside a complete Martin Scorsese season and Scorsese-curated screenings of restored classics at BFI Southbank.

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GoodFellas (1990)

GoodFellas (1990)
Credit: © 1990 Warner Bros. All Rights Reserved

In January and February 2017, we’ll be celebrating the films of a colossus of world cinema: Martin Scorsese. The season coincides with the highly anticipated release of the award-winning filmmaker’s new historical epic, Silence, in cinemas 1 January 2017. Highlights of the celebration will include:

  • 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.
  • ‘Scorsese collection’ released on BFI Player, focusing on his documentary work and the great works of cinema that inspired him.

The focus will place Scorsese’s films back on the big screen where they deserve to be seen, offering younger audiences the chance to experience many of his films in the cinema for the first time, while allowing others to become reacquainted with this towering body of work. Alongside the season, re-releases, events and BFI Player collection, audiences will also be able explore Scorsese’s work through dedicated articles in Sight & Sound, the BFI’s international film magazine.

Taxi Driver (1976)

Taxi Driver (1976)

“Martin Scorsese’s contribution to cinema is unique and unparalleled,” says Stuart Brown, the BFI’s Head of Programme and Acquisitions. “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.”

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