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Film Society to fete Scorsese at gala

NEW YORK — The Film Society of Lincoln Center will honor Martin Scorsese at its annual gala tribute on May 4, 1998.

Scorsese has long had a close rela-tionship with the Film Society. His film “Mean Streets” found a distributor at the 1973 New York Film Festival. Twenty years later, the society pre-sented “Mean Screens: Martin Scorsese at the Movies,” a unique program in which one of his films was paired with a pic that inspired him.

The director of “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull,” “GoodFellas” and the upcoming Dalai Lama biopic “Kundun,” Scorsese joins a list of gala tribute honorees that includes such directors as Alfred Hitchcock, Charles Chaplin, Federico Fellini and Robert Altman.

“By consensus of not only the na-tion’s film critics but also of his pro-fessional peers, Martin Scorsese is the foremost American film artist of his generation,” said Roy L. Furman, chairman of the Film Society of Lin-coln Center. “He is to our time what Francois Truffaut was to his: the man who loved movies.

“Scorsese truly has a passion for films: making them — brilliantly, dynamically, exhilaratingly — but also showing them, reviving them, preserv-ing and restoring them, and by all means talking about them, inspiring archivists and scholars and tirelessly proselytizing to audiences to take the precious legacy of our 20th century art form to heart.”

Patron tickets to the gala tribute performance are available for $800 each through the Film Society. Donor categories begin at $2,000 per couple. Tickets will include a pre-tribute dinner at Avery Fisher Hall or a post-tribute buffet supper at Tavern on the Green. For more information, call the Film Society of Lincoln Center at (212) 875-5610.

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