By Alin K. Gregorian
WATERTOWN — It is a rare day when a bona fide legend of American cinema walks the streets of this town, but one such person, Mardik Martin, did just that at the end of April.
Martin was in the Greater Boston area to attend a screening of the film “The Cut” as part of the Belmont World Film Festival. Martin co-wrote the screenplay of the movie by Turkish-German writer and director Fatih Akin. The film, the first to tell the story of the Armenian Genocide by a Turk, is about an Armenian man searching for his missing daughters during those harrowing times.
Martin gained his legendary status when he started collaborating with New York University friend Martin Scorsese on some of the director’s most important early works, including “Raging Bull,” “Mean Streets” and “New York New York,” as well as collaborating with him on “The Last Waltz,” an iconic rock music documentary.
“We graduated together. We worked on a lot of projects,” Martin said of Scorsese.