Beyond Shutter Island: Martin Scorsese’s Classic Shots


Despite its mixed reviews, there’s no debating the quality of the cinematography in Martin Scorsese’s newest flick, Shutter Island. Sure, we may have seen Leonardo DiCaprio as a Boston cop before, but the light reflecting off of the Massachusetts coast at dawn, graying bodies at a standstill, and Michelle Williams’ yellow dress with trickles of bright crimson blood are anything but old hat. In fact, we were so engrossed by director of photography Robert Richardson‘s work that we could hardly complain about other elements of the twisted thriller.

In homage to what can only be described as his visual superowers, we’ve rounded up of some of our favorite shots from Scorsese’s vast archive. Tell us what we forgot in the comments.

Jack Nicholson and Leonardo DiCaprio in The Departed (2006), DP Michael Ballhaus

John C. Reilly and Leonardo DiCaprio in The Aviator (2004), DP Robert Richardson

Gangs of New York (2002), DP Michael Ballhaus

Sharon Stone in Casino (1995), DP Robert Richardson

Robert De Niro in Cape Fear (1991), DP Freddie Francis

Ray Liotta in Goodfellas (1990), DP Michael Ballhaus

Robert De Niro in Raging Bull (1980), DP Michael Chapman

Jody Foster and Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver (1976), DP Michael Chapman

Harvey Keitel in Mean Streets (1973), DP Kent L. Wakeford