Director Martin Scorsese was in town Monday night giving the annual Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities at the Kennedy Center. Even though his cinematic masterpieces include "Goodfellas," "Taxi Driver" and "Casino," he revealed to the audience that he finds inspiration in the most unlikely of places: boxing cats. (We wonder if he's ever trolled BuzzFeed).
Explaining how some of the earliest movies used movement, Scorsese showed a clip from 1894 of two cats wearing boxing gloves and sparring. "Two cats boxing is apparently what went on in New Jersey at the time," Scorsese said of the black-and-white film, shot in Thomas Edison's New Jersey studio.
Scorsese also didn't seem to know the meaning of a "spoiler alert." When discussing film preservation, the director showed several clips from a restored version of Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo," before completely ruining the ending for those who hadn't seen it.
Scorsese was the first person from the film industry to deliver the Jefferson Lecture, which has previously been given by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Toni Morrison.
- Contributed by Lucy Westcott