02/08/2013 13:10 EST | Updated 04/10/2013 05:12 EDT

Martin Scorsese's film magic on display in Berlin

The world’s first retrospective on the work of Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese is on display in Berlin, providing a look at his sources of inspiration and working methods as well as hundreds of props, storyboards and film clips.

"Many things that you can see in the exhibition hung on the walls in my office and in my apartment," Scorsese explains in a video message broadcast at the exhibition opening in January.

In his films, the New York-born Scorsese tells stories about the people and the conflicts of his country. The exhibition is divided into sections: Family, Brothers, Men and Women, Lonely Heroes, New York, Cinema, Cinematography, and Editing.

Nearly 120 minutes of clips from 32 films are linked to the exhibits and are shown on monitors and projections.

“He approved almost everything,” said Peter Maenz, head of exhibitions at the German Museum for Film and Television.

“There were some things that were too private that he said no to, but 95 per cent he approved and we are proud he liked the concept. You can listen to him in the self-guided audio tour, explaining objects with many looks behind the scenes.”

Scorsese's commitment to the restoration of colour films is an important part of the exhibition, Maenz said. Scorsese doesn’t like the red tinge film takes on with time, so he convinced Kodak to develop a colour-stable material, with support from fellow directors Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick and Werner Herzog. Some of his letters, and their replies, are also on display.

The exhibits come from Scorsese’s private collection, the Robert De Niro Collection and the Paul Schrader Collection in Austin, Texas, and other artifacts from his set and costume designers and photographer.