Mardik Martin

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Mardik Martin (born September 16, 1936)[1] is an American screenwriter of Armenian descent. He was born in Iran and raised in Iraq.


Although his family in Iraq was wealthy, he fled the country to avoid the draft and arrived in New York in a penniless state.

In his book on the New Hollywood, Peter Biskind states that Martin had to wash dishes to pay his way through NYU, where he met fellow student Martin Scorsese in 1961. The two formed a close friendship and worked together on Scorsese's early projects such as It's Not Just You, Murray! and the semi-autobiographical Season of the Witch, which ultimately became Mean Streets. According to Biskind, "The two young men sat in Martin's Valiant and wrote. In the winter, in the cold and snow."

Martin also shared writing credits on the Scorsese films New York, New York and Raging Bull.

In 2014, Martin wrote the screenplay of the German film The Cut, which won an award at the Venice Film Festival (La Biennale).[2]


2012 Parajanov-Vartanov Institute Award honored Martin "for the mastery of his pen on iconic American films" Mean Streets and Raging Bull.[3]


Year Title Director Notes
1971 Revenge Is My Destiny Joseph Adler
1973 Mean Streets Martin Scorsese Written with Scorsese
1977 New York, New York Martin Scorsese Written with Earl Mac Rauch
1977 Valentino Ken Russell Written with Russell
1980 Raging Bull Martin Scorsese Written with Paul Schrader
2014 The Cut Fatih Akin Written with Akin


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