Scorses helms U.K. doc

Martin Scorsese has signed to make a feature-length docu on the centenary of American cinema for Britain’s Channel Four and world distribution.

The project is being produced by the British Film Institute’s new TV division , BFI TV, on a budget of more than $ 750,000.

“What Price Hollywood — Martin Scorsese’s 100 Years of American Cinema” will feature the director’s interviews with such talents as Billy Wilder, Arthur Penn , Brian de Palma and Clint Eastwood, intercut with film clips, underground experiments and archival footage.

The 102-minute film is due to be delivered early next year. BFI TV head Colin McCabe said he hopes it will be the first of a series in which renowned filmmakers examine the cinema traditions of their countries.

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