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France honours DiCaprio and Scorsese



Story by: Jack Foley

AVIATOR duo Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio have been presented with France's highest cultural honours for their services to film.

Director Scorsese, who has also been responsible for classic films such as Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Goodfellas and Gangs of New York, received the Legion of Honour in recognition of his 40-year cinematic career.

While DiCaprio, 30, was named Commander of the Order of the Arts and Letters, during a prestigious ceremony in Paris.

According to French culture minister, Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, Scorsese's work demonstrates 'to what extent the cinema is an art'.

He continued: "Dear Martin Scorsese, the combat for the right of creators and cultural diversity brings together all of those who on both sides of the Atlantic - and from all continents - take it upon themselves to defend the expressions of identity and creation across all cultures. This fight is your fight."

Mr Donnedieu de Vabres went on to describe DiCaprio as an 'icon, little Hollywood prince, bad boy from Los Angeles, modern romantic hero, Peter Pan of American cinema' - to which the Titanic star replied that he was 'extremely, extremely honoured'.

Previous recipients of the Legion of Honour include directors Steven Spielberg and David Lynch.

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