It’s Martin Scorsese‘s birthday today, and what better way to celebrate than with the coolest book ever published on the great auteur just as his new movie debuts?

Scorsese on Scorsese from Cahiers du cinema is based on a series of conversations between the director and his good friend and colleague Michael Henry Wilsondating back to 1974.

To illustrate the volume Scorsese also allowed Wilson the unprecedented opportunity to delve into his personal archives of hand-drawn story boards, annotated scripts, production notes and personal photographs — many of which have never been seen before and are reproduced for the first time.

The definitive illustrated volume on one of cinema’s all-time greats

Above he’s pictured confering with Robert De Niro on the set of Taxi Driver in 1976, one of the book’s 400 amazing images.

In addition to his famed feature films, Scorsese discusses his work in advertising (Armani and Chanel), television (Boardwalk Empire, 2010), and documentaries as well.

As the definitive illustrated volume on one of cinema’s all-time greats, it’s a must for any film buff.

“I am the films that I make,” he notes. “If it’s not personal, I can’t get out of bed in the morning.”

Coming from the man who made Travis Bickle– and Robert De Niro – into a household name that should not be taken lightly….

Image above from Scorsese on Scorsese (Cahiers du cinema, $69.95); Michael Henry Wilson Collection © Columbia Pictures/ courtesy of Cahiers du cinema