Martin Scorsese was the featured speaker at Wednesday evening's Alumni Parents Council Lecture at Saint David's School. The iconic Academy award winning director, producer, screenwriter, and film historian provided a scintillating evening for our eighth grade boys and alumni/alumni parent community that touched on topics which were personal, professional, and philosophical.
I had the opportunity to ask Mr. Scorsese several questions and his responses were generous, honest, and highly entertaining, delivered in the fast clip, animated style that is his trademark and the mark of a man brimming with ideas, who has done a lot, and has much more to do.
"What is a good man? Here you have people living in a world with underworld figures. How can you be good in a world that is bad? What happens to a good man or woman who goes bad? There is shame and heartbreak in that."
I asked about any teacher that may have been a strong influence in his life, and he spoke of a young priest at the old St. Patrick's Cathedral, Father Príncipe, who inspired Scorsese to get an education so that he could get out of the neighborhood and make a different life for himself.
During the question and answer session with our students, eighth graders asked Mr. Scorsese questions that ranged from the greatest challenges in making movies ("retaining the soul, the heart of it through to the end of the film") to what type of film he hasn't done that he'd like to ("the ancient world's shift to Christianity.")