The screenwriter Mardik Martin, regular collaborator of Martin Scorsese and responsible for the script of 'Bad streets' or 'Wild Bull', died on Wednesday in Los Angeles at 82.
This was confirmed by Howard A. Rodman, former President of the Writers Guild of the United States, 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 teenage years 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.
Together with Scorsese since its inception
Soon after, he began working with the director on his first projects, such as the 1964 short 'It's not just you, Murray!', 'Who is knocking my door?', Scorsese's feature film debut, or the documentary 'Italoamericano'.
In 1973, Martin co-wrote 'Bad streets' alongside Scorsese himself, and, later, 'New York, New York' alongside Earl Mac Rauch. Once established in Hollywood, Marton worked for Chartoff-Winkler Productions, where he wrote the screenplay for Ken Russell's 'Valentino'.
For 'The Last Waltz', the 1978 Scorsese documentary about 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 alongside Paul Schrader was deserving 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', Fatih Akin's 2014 film. Mardik Martin's life was brought to the screen in the documentary 'Mardik: Baghdad to Hollywood', released in 2008.