Mardik Martin, 'Raging Bull' and 'Mean Streets' Screenwriter, Dies at 82

Mardik Martin, 'Raging Bull' and 'Mean Streets' Screenwriter, Dies at 82

11 Sep 2019 (PT)
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Martin also co-wrote Martin Scorsese's 'New York, New York' and Ken Russell's 'Valentino.'

Mardik Martin, the co-screenwriter behind Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets, New York, New York and  Raging Bull, has died. He was 82.

Martin died on Wednesday in Los Angeles, friend and screenwriter Howard Rodman wrote in a Facebook post. 

Of Armenian descent, Martin was born in Iran in 1936, but raised in Iraq. He left Iraq for America and studied at NYU in the early 1960s where he met fellow student and future collaborator Scorsese. Martin would later graduate from NYU with a masters. 

After several projects made in college, Martin and Scorsese's first feature was the gritty drama  Mean Streets, co-writing the screenplay based on a story by Scorsese. Released in 1971 to wide critical acclaim, Mean Streets signalled Scorsese's arrival as a filmmaking talent. The pair next worked together on 1977's New York, New York, the musical drama directed by Scorsese with a screenplay by Martin and Earl Mac Rauch.

The final film Martin and Scorsese worked on was the boxing biopic Raging Bull. Based on the memoir of Jake LaMotta, Scorsese directed a screenplay written by Martin and Paul Schrader. The film proved a huge commercial and critical hit, garnering eight Oscar nominations including best picture and best director and won two including best actor for Robert DeNiro. 

Aside from his work with Scorsese, Martin co-wrote the screenplay to the late Ken Russell's 1977 film Valentino, based on the life of silent film star Rudolph Valentino which starred Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev. 

In 2008, a documentary on Martin's life titled  Mardik: Baghdad to Hollywood was released and featured contributions from Scorsese, George Lucas and Irwin Winker as well as film historian Peter Biskind.

Martin's final film work was co-writing the screenplay to Turkish-German director Fatih Akin's 2014 film The Cut which explored the legacy of the Armenian Genocide, a subject close to his heart. 

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, the Armenian Film Society said: "Mardik Martin was an incredible voice in film and made significant contributions to cinema as a screenwriter, most notably through his collaboration with Martin Scorsese. Their work together resulted in some of cinema's most essential films. Mardik Martin was a towering figure in the Armenian community, as well as the history of film - and he will truly be missed."

Away from movies, Martin spent much of his later life teaching creative writing with stints at NYU and USC. 

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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