It was in 1975 that Martin Scorsese finally met his idol, Michael Powell, and embarked upon a fifteen year friendship that would see Powell — one half of The Archers and the renowned British filmmaker behind such movies as The Red Shoes, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, and, most controversially, Peeping Tom — repeatedly offering invaluable advice and feedback to the American director.
A perfect example: In 1988, after reading a new script of Scorsese’s entitled “Wise Guys,” Powell sent his friend the following enthusiastic letter and declared it “one of the best constructed scripts [he had] ever read.” That movie’s eventual title was Goodfellas. Powell sadly passed away in February of 1990, just months before the completed film’s theatrical release.
Documentary about Michael Powell’s cult film: PEEPING TOM. With Martin Scorsese, Thelma Schoonmaker, Ian Christie, Laura Mulvey and Colomba Powell.
Rare “King of Comedy” set footage with Martin Scorsese, Michael Powell, Robert De Niro and Jerry Lewis. Scorsese being interviewed about Michael Powell.