A look back at this day in film history
August 02
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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Bigger Than Life August 2, 1956
Bigger than Life opens

After making a name for himself and his star James Dean in the teen-trauma drama Rebel Without a Cause, director Nicolas Ray returned to the suburbia that made him famous in his next film, Bigger than Life.

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August 2, 1967
In the Heat of the Night is released

Less than two weeks before Norman Jewison’s racially-inflected detective story In the Heat of the Night was to premiere in New York City, race riots had broken out across the river in Newark, NJ.

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