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Screenwriter Mardik Martin, a regular contributor to Martin Scorsese and head of the screenplay for Bad Street or Wild Bull , died on Wednesday in Los Angeles at 82.
This has been confirmed by Howard A. Rodman, former president of the United States Writers Guild, with a tweet. " To say that Mardik was one of a kind is a wild way to underestimate him . No one will ever be able to be in those shoes," Rodman said in the publication.
Born in Iran to an Armenian family and raised in Iraq, Martin worked during his teens for a film distributor. He moved to the United States to study economics at the University of New York, and ended up performing tasks in the film department, where he would meet Martin Scorsese in 1961 , beginning a fruitful relationship.
Shortly after, he began working with the director on his first projects , such as the 1964 short It's not just you, Murray! Who knocks on my door? and in Scorsese's debut in feature film or the Italoamerican documentary. In 1973, Martin co-wrote Bad Streets with Scorsese himself, and, later, New York, New York with Earl Mac Rauch. Once established in Hollywood, Marton worked for Chartoff-Winkler Productions, where he wrote the screenplay by Valentino by Ken Russell.
For The Last Waltz , the 1978 Scorsese documentary on the latest concerts of The Band, Martin wrote the treatment of the film, as was the case with another previous Scorsese documentary, American Boy: A Profile of: Steven Prince .
Rise and fall
Martin spent more than a year documenting about boxer Jake LaMotta, the protagonist of Wild Bull , to write the screenplay for the film. The libretto, which he wrote with Paul Schrader, was worthy of the Golden Globe nomination .
Until he became a writing professor at New York University, Martin spent a complicated period in which he was addicted to cocaine and had to leave jobs as a screenwriter. That was the case of Trapped by his past .
His last work as a screenwriter was in The Father , the 2014 Fatih Akin film. Mardik Martin's life was brought to the screen in the documentary Mardik: Baghdad to Hollywood , released in 2008.
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