Preservationist applauds industry upon receiving award

NEW YORK — With this city still trying to find its balance in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks, director Martin Scorsese’s remarks upon receiving the Intl. Federation of Film Archives inaugural preservation award touched a nerve at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall on Oct. 3.

“Considering what’s happened in the city in particular, and the world in general, many people have questioned the value of art,” Scorsese said. “But cinema is about people. It’s about who we are as human beings.

“I grew up on the Lower East Side, and for someone like me, going to the movies was my first introduction to the outside world. The exposure to other cultures enriches our culture. Film is a powerful tool for understanding, and the more we understand the less we hate.”

The director, who since the 1960s has been instrumental in creating an image of New York for the outside world with a diverse filmography that includes “Mean Streets,” “Raging Bull,” “Taxi Driver,” “After Hours” and “The Age of Innocence,” received a two-minute standing ovation from the audience.

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