"...it was [John Cassavetes'] SHADOWS that gave me the urgency and the courage to actually try to make films."*

After viewing a rough-cut of BOXCAR BERTHA, Cassavetes told Scorsese, "Don't get hooked into the exploitation market, just try and do something different."*

His next film was MEAN STREETS.

[Stephen Holden, "The Movies That Inspired Martin Scorsese," New York Times, May 25, 1993]

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