There’s no denying that Shutter Island appears on its face to be a different kind of film for Martin Scorsese—but it’s hardly the first time the revered director has mixed things up. In-between gangster epics and costumed drama, Scorsese has made some fairly unexpected detours:
NEW YORK, NEW YORK (1977)
Difficult though it may be to believe that Scorsese once made an old-fashioned Hollywood musical with Robert De Niro and Liza Minnelli, film doesn’t lie.
AFTER HOURS (1985)
A first date is derailed by an ice cream truck driver, an artist who makes “plaster-of-Paris bagel paperweights,” and Cheech and Chong. This is Scorsese’s Dude, Where’s My Car?
THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST (1988)
Harvey Keitel as Judas, David Bowie as Pontius Pilate, a score by that flower-head guy from Genesis. This one’s just weird.
BRINGING OUT THE DEAD (1999)
Nicolas Cage plays an unhinged ambulance driver. If ever Cage comes to treat you in the wake of an accident, call 911 again.