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Martin Scorsese talks female-centric movies, says it’s “never too late to learn”

By WITW Staff on October 19, 2015

You probably won’t associate Martin Scorsese — the visionary director of movies as Raging Bull, Taxi Driver and Goodfellas — with female-driven stories, but that might be about to change. “There are a few projects I’m dealing with that, yes, have women as main characters. It’s never too late to learn,” said the legendary director as he was reflecting on his career at the Lumiere Film Festival in Lyon, France. “It just happens that the stories I made over the years centered on male characters,” he replied when asked about working with actresses. He pointed to his 1993 adaptation of Edith Wharton’s novel The Age of Innocence as an example of a female-centric project in the past, but also noted that he regularly directs women in great roles — Cate Blanchett and Ellen Burstyn each won Oscars for their roles in films he directed.  “The American Academy has nominated more women in my films — I think 11 or 12 — than men. So it must be something,” he said.

Read the full story at The Hollywood Reporter.