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Scorsese directing DiCaprio on the set of Shutter Island.  

Scorsese showed DiCaprio several films for inspiration, including 1944’s Laura, with Dana Andrews, and 1947’s Out of the Past, with Robert Mitchum. Both showcased a particular kind of man—“the war-torn veteran who comes back and looks at life a different way, carrying it down to his body language, the way he wears his coat and hat.”

In DiCaprio, Scorsese—an avid film preservationist—says he’s found a throwback to an earlier style of cinema. “The key thing with Leo is his extraordinary cinematic face. He’d have been a great silent-film actor because there’s so much going on in his eyes, you read so much into his face.”


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