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Martin Scorsese on why he's stopped watching new films

12.12.2016

The first trailer for Martin Scorsese's SILENCE hit last month and brought with it a wealth of positive responses in regards to the story c'sontent, visuals and acting. To be fair, Scorsese is known for really "bringing it" in those categories, proving to be one of the most proficient filmmakers of this day and age. Sadly, it seems that the director himself doesn't think too highly of most films that come out these days. In speaking at a SILENCE press conference in New York, he had the following to say about the state of today's cinema:

There’s over saturation. particularly in our world as it is now and nothing really does have a meaning. Images for example are everywhere. Cinema used to be in a building and even on television, you’d see a film or whatever. I must say a lot of the films that I’m aware of and I don’t see that many new ones over the past two or three years, I stopped because the images don’t mean anything.

We’re just completely saturated with images that don’t mean anything. Words certainly don’t mean anything anymore, they’re twisted and turned. So where’s the meaning? Where’s the truth? So we have to strip away everything. It goes back to that question I had in MEAN STREETS, how do you live a good life? A life which is good, meaning compassion, and respect for others, in a world like today or in a world where I grew up, quite honestly.

So what do you think? Is Scorsese the old man yelling at the cloud? He does make a point that there is more content that's readily available, but I don't think it's fair to judge all of it just because the game has changed. After all, if you're not seeing great movies, you may not be looking in the right place.

SILENCE opens in limited theaters on December 23rd, with a wide release on January 6th.

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1:50PM on 12/13/2016
One of the things I like about Marty is he's always had a poeticism about him. I could listen to this guy explain anything, and not be any clearer about what he's talking about, but the man isn't boring. Another thing I like about him is he isn't a George Lucas or William Friedkin, just grumbling about how the studios blah blah blah.

He's extremely vague, but, in particular in 2016 I have felt that true visual artistry and stortytelling has been in short supply. I did recently catch
One of the things I like about Marty is he's always had a poeticism about him. I could listen to this guy explain anything, and not be any clearer about what he's talking about, but the man isn't boring. Another thing I like about him is he isn't a George Lucas or William Friedkin, just grumbling about how the studios blah blah blah.

He's extremely vague, but, in particular in 2016 I have felt that true visual artistry and stortytelling has been in short supply. I did recently catch Moonlight and Arrival, both great films, but last year both Fury Road and The Revenant were highly visual feasts telling their stories, and Spotlight was one of the best-written movies to come along in a long time. While I didn't love The Revenant like some people, it still offered images that you wouldn't find anywhere else. Coupled with how weirdly political movies have gotten (you're either DC or you're Marvel; you either think Ghostbusters is an abomination or an important statement about feminism). I don't know, I think it's a very weird time to be a movie fan. Even Star Wars isn't immune to it.
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10:03AM on 12/13/2016
To be honest, I have no idea what he means. If he means we should only watch movies at the cinemas, then yeah, I agree. But that doesn't mean watching movies on your cellphones or tablets or whatsoever is meaningless.
To be honest, I have no idea what he means. If he means we should only watch movies at the cinemas, then yeah, I agree. But that doesn't mean watching movies on your cellphones or tablets or whatsoever is meaningless.
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4:43PM on 12/12/2016

You mean the climax with a skybeam surrounded by rubble doesn't do it for you?

Color me shocked.

Studios are making fewer movies, and the ones they do make are mostly based on existing IPs, unless Clint Eastwood or Chris Nolan wants to do an awards movie. These are just the facts right now. Spielberg admits he couldn't get Lincoln made today outside of HBO. I'm with Marty on this. Most movies these days are just advertisements for the next movie and they all play basically the same.
Color me shocked.

Studios are making fewer movies, and the ones they do make are mostly based on existing IPs, unless Clint Eastwood or Chris Nolan wants to do an awards movie. These are just the facts right now. Spielberg admits he couldn't get Lincoln made today outside of HBO. I'm with Marty on this. Most movies these days are just advertisements for the next movie and they all play basically the same.
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4:41PM on 12/12/2016
Obviously he's allowed his opinion. I figured he wanted to see less just so it wouldn't influence his own style.
Obviously he's allowed his opinion. I figured he wanted to see less just so it wouldn't influence his own style.
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4:29PM on 12/12/2016

Love Marty but....

This is a pretty elitist thing to say. Especially from such a respected filmmaker and a history of film. Agree with Sean. He's not looking hard enough.
This is a pretty elitist thing to say. Especially from such a respected filmmaker and a history of film. Agree with Sean. He's not looking hard enough.
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4:21PM on 12/12/2016
He's not good at explaining himself but it just sounds like he's sick of seeing advertisements for films he has no interest in. I assume the abundance of superhero movie promos alienate him & make it appear like that's all there is.
He's not good at explaining himself but it just sounds like he's sick of seeing advertisements for films he has no interest in. I assume the abundance of superhero movie promos alienate him & make it appear like that's all there is.
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4:11PM on 12/12/2016

Imagines don't have meaning?

The fuck is he talking about?
The fuck is he talking about?
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4:17PM on 12/12/2016
Maybe he's talking about CG? The overuse of digital effects?
Maybe he's talking about CG? The overuse of digital effects?
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