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Martin Scorsese’s fascination with religion started at a very early age. But young Marty was not just going through the motions: This former altar boy seriously contemplated a career in the clergy. In the end, he chose cinema over a soutane.
Christian iconography is ubiquitous in Scorsese’s movies. There’s hardly a wall without a religious painting, hardly an Italian-American character without a cross necklace. Bible quotes, crosses, and Christ are used as inspiration for tattoos. These explicit references are the easiest to spot, but as can be seen in the video, there’s a lot more.