Martin Scorsese caused a storm yesterday when the American auteur joined Letterboxd, an app that movie watchers use to log movies they've watched. While the memes have been plentiful, it is wonderful to see Scorsese join another Gen Z-heavy app (the filmmaker made an appearance on his daughter Francesca Scorsese's TikTok to show how well he knows Gen Z lingo) because it shows that Scorsese knows how to stay relevant in the modern culture.

Now on Letterboxd, Scorsese has found his young audience and is taking the chance to share some wisdom and cinema history with them.

In a list created by the filmmaker titled "Companion Films," Scorsese writes, "I love the idea of putting different films together into one program. I grew up seeing double features, programs in repertory houses, [and] evenings of avant-garde films in storefront theatres. You always learn something, see something in a new light, because every movie is in conversation with every other movie. The greater the difference between the pictures, the better."

Scorsese continues writing, saying that he has been asked over the years to pair his films with the ones that inspired him. While he states that "inspiration" and "influence" are not accurate terms for this list he created, he does say that these companion films capture the spirit of his related projects.

Here is a slide show of companion films to Scorsese's filmography, created by the legend himself.

'The King of Comedy'

The King of Comedy has been re-evaluated as one of Scorsese's greatest films in his filmography. Scorsese writes about his inspiration for the film, writing "I love comedy and comedians, the very fine line between humor and absolute bitterness. I’ve used a lot of comedians in my pictures, come to think of it: Albert Brooks, Don Rickles, Alan King, Sandra Bernhard, Catherine O’Hara, Sacha Baron Cohen, and many others."

The King of Comedy, however, travels down the desperation and despair of a comedian who uses his pain for laughter. Every laugh becomes more and more uncomfortable with each joke

The companion film to The King of Comedy is Station Six-Sahara (1963).

Credit: British Lion Films

'Station Six-Sahara'

Source: Letterboxd