Born in New York City, Irwin Winkler began his film career in 1967, a year in which he helped bring to the screen both an Elvis movie (DOUBLE TROUBLE) and John Boorman’s POINT BLANK. With partner Robert Chartoff, Winkler produced a string of acclaimed films including the 4-time Academy Award-winning drama THE RIGHT STUFF, the 9-time Academy Award-nominated drama THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON’T THEY? and ROCKY, for which they earned a Best Picture Oscar.
Winkler’s legendary collaboration with Martin Scorsese has created several critically-acclaimed, iconic films over nearly four decades. They worked together for the first time on the post-WWII musical romance NEW YORK, NEW YORK in 1977, followed by the Jake LaMotta biopic RAGING BULL (1980), the organized-crime saga GOODFELLAS (1990), and the comedic crime biopic THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (2013).
Recently Winkler and Scorsese joined forces on their latest film, SILENCE, Scorsese’s passion project 28 years in the making. SILENCE tells the story of two Christian missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) – at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden. The new drama promises to be another knockout from two of the most talented men in contemporary cinema.
Join us for screenings of Winkler’s iconic film collaborations with Scorsese, as well as an in-person conversation between the two Oscar-winning legends as they discuss their long relationship and their upcoming film, SILENCE.
Series compiled by Gwen Deglise and Grant Moninger.