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Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 06/16/2006

Scorsese on Stage and a Last 'Word'

By Jen Chaney

It's very rare that Martin Scorsese comes to Montgomery County, Md. Actually, I don't think it's ever happened ... unless you count the time he scouted downtown Rockville as a potential location for the "Goodfellas" shoot.

Yes, I'm joking about "Goodfellas." But I'm not kidding about Scorsese being in town -- last night he was at the AFI Theatre in Silver Spring, where he was honored at the Guggenheim Symposium -- part of the Silverdocs film festival -- for his documentary work.

After a taped congratulatory tribute from Peter Gabriel (he composed the score for "Last Temptation of Christ" and is on the Silverdocs jury) and a few clips from Scorsese docs like "The Last Waltz" and "Italianamerican," Scorsese was joined on stage by fellow director Jim Jarmusch ("Down by Law," "Coffee and Cigarettes"). Both flaunting silver hair and smarty-director spectacles, the two chatted about contemporary cinema ("If I look at more modern films, they're usually independents, Southeast Asian or Iranian," Scorsese said); the use of Scorsese's mom in his movies ("I didn't tell my mother there was a guy in the trunk," he said of her famous scene in "Goodfellas"); and even hip-hop. Apparently, Scorsese really dug Run DMC, but never took to the genre: "After that, I didn't get it." Who knew?

All in all, an interesting night. But Silverdocs isn't over yet, my friends. If you're in the mood for wackiness this Friday evening, you may want to check out "Air Guitar Nation," a look at the competitive world of air guitaring. The movie screens at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by air-e-oke in the Cinema Lounge (adjacent to the AFI). What is air-e-oke? Uh, exactly what it sounds like: People flailing madly to recorded guitar solos.

And put down your pencils on Sunday at 1 p.m.: The fun crossword puzzle documentary, "Wordplay," screens that afternoon and will be followed by a crossword puzzle competition. No word yet on when the inevitable sequel -- "Our Days Are Numbered: Sudoku! The Musical" -- will arrive in theaters. But until then, "Wordplay" should satisfy the competitive puzzle geek buried deep (or not so deep) inside you.


By Jen Chaney  | June 16, 2006; 10:37 AM ET
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