Scorsese's The Age of Innocence.

Scorsese, an exhibition celebrating the career of Martin Scorsese, opens at Melbourne’s Australian Centre for the Moving Image tomorrow.

Curated by the Deutsche Kinemathek Museum for Film and Television in Berlin, the exhibition draws on Scorsese’s personal collection.

“ACMI, Australia’s only centre dedicated to the moving image, is the only place that could present this Australian exclusive event", Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said. "It’s yet another creative drawcard that will inspire cinema fans and another example of why Victoria is the creative state.”

ACMI CEO Katrina Sedgwick said: “It’s an honour to be taking audiences on a ride through some of the most exhilarating filmmaking of all time in Scorsese. Scorsese’s passion for the moving image spans feature film, documentary and television, along with a fervent commitment to the preservation and celebration of our cinematic history. When the opportunity arose to spotlight this creative master of cinema, we just knew it had to happen at ACMI as Australia’s shrine to cinema.” 

In a pre-recorded message played at the opening night of the exhibition, Scorsese himself described the exhibition as a “great honour.” 

“Some of the objects you are going to see were literally taken off walls and shelves in my office and editing room", he said.

"A lot of these things are very, very personal; things from my mother and father’s apartment. I’m really happy to know that a number of the movie posters that are rarely seen and usually in my poster cabinet are going to be on display because that’s what they’re really there for: to be seen. I hope that these objects and memorabilia give you some sense of this lifelong passion I’ve had for the cinema and what it means to me.”

The exhibition includes 600 objects including storyboards, annotated film scripts, unpublished production stills, costumes and film clips, drawn from the Scorsese family home as well as the Robert De Niro Collection and the Paul Schrader Collection at the Harry Ransom Centre, and work by Sandy Powell and Brigitte Lacombe. 

The exhibition will also feature costumes designed by Powell, on display exclusive to Melbourne, from films such as The Aviator, Hugo and Gangs of New York.

Scorsese runs from May 26 to September 18.

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