Flashback
A look back at this day in film history
January 16
Nov. 17, 1942
Martin Scorsese born

Hear the name "Martin Scorsese" and you'll most likely remember an iconic scene from one of his seminal modern classics, like the "You talkin' to me?" monologue from Taxi Driver or the gloriously long single-take Steadicam shot through a mob nightclub in Goodfellas. But Scorsese, who was born on November 17, 1942, has always been a two-track filmmaker, pursuing studio-based projects that mix auteurist smarts with audience appeal while pursuing smaller, personal documentary and producing projects. So, while we wait for his latest, the gothic thriller Shutter Island, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, the director remains perhaps even more active than normal. His Boardwalk Empire series is soon to premiere on HBO, he's finishing a documentary on George Harrison, and he heads not one but two organizations designed to the preservation of great works of cinema. One, the Film Foundation, recently restored Michael Powell's masterpiece, The Red Shoes, while the other, the World Cinema Foundation, oversaw a stunning restoration of the 1969 Egyptian film, The Mummy, directed by Shadi Abdel Salam. Scorsese is slated to receive the Cecile B. DeMille Award, given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, at the Golden Globes next year.


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Carole Lombard January 16, 1942
Carole Lombard dies

It was a clear, cold night in the mountains of Nevada on 16 January 1942, when a TWA Skysleeper carrying Carole Lombard and 18 other passengers dropped from the sky, crashing into the snowy top of the Double-Up Mountain, just southeast of Las Vegas.

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January 16, 1948
John Carpenter, Master of Horror

The birth of the man who assaulted Precinct 13, brought back The Thing and unleashed Michael Myers on Halloween.

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