This year’s entry into the Hall of Fame for Contribution To Directing is, to use a well-used term, America’s greatest living filmmaker. However, I may be willing to go one up there and say that Martin Scorsese might well be America’s greatest filmmaker period. His work with Robert De Niro alone produced no less than Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The King Of Comedy, Goodfellas, Cape Fear and Casino. That alone would be enough to garner him status as a great director, but far from being De Niro’s go-to guy, what makes Scorsese one of the greatest is that right up to the present, with The Departed, Shutter Island, Hugo and The Wolf Of Wall Street, all films released within the past ten years, after nearly half a century since he worked with Roger Corman, he’s still making great movies. That is why he is the contemporary benchmark.