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Martin Scorsese says he only has a couple of films left in his directorial career

Dec. 9, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Martin Scorsese is 71 years old, but from the looks of the trailer for THE WOLF OF WALL STREET he is still at the top of his game. But, like anybody who is getting older, Scorsese cannot direct forever. At some point the guy is going to have to slow down and eventually stop. While that is going to be a sad day, we will still have plenty to enjoy in the meantime. Or, maybe not.

In a recent Q&A at the Marrakech Film Festival, Martin Scorsese was asked various questions regarding working with Robert De Niro again, his string of movies with Leonardo DiCaprio, making SILENCE his next film, and more. One intriguing question posed to the filmmaker was about what future projects he has the desire to make.

Desire? Yes, I have the desire to make many films, but as of now Im 71 and theres only a couple more left if I get to make them. I miss the time when I had the desire to experiment and try different kinds of films, I miss that time, but thats done, its over. There is obligation as you get older, you have family. Ive been very lucky in the last 10 years or so, to have found projects that combine the desire, the subject matterfrom "The Aviator" to nowwith, as best I can, fulfilling the obligation to my family and the financiers.

Now, everyone from Stephen King to Steven Soderbergh has talked about retiring when what they actually mean is slowing down. Neither of those men is in their 70s, but the message is the same. Does he mean he only envisions directing a couple of more movies and that is it or does he mean he only has a couple left on his bucket list that he hasn't made yet. Either way, if Scorsese makes a movie every few years, we would at most be getting five films before he turns 80. We should be grateful to have gotten as many fantastic films as we have, but whether it be one, two, or five more, each remaining Martin Scorsese movie will be a must see.

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET opens Christmas Day.

Extra Tidbit: Scorsese says the profanity in THE WOLF OF WALL STREET will put RAGING BULL to shame.
Source: IndieWire

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12:13AM on 12/10/2013

Not surprised...

Marty's had a long career, he's certainly earned the right to say, "I'm done now." Look at how many amazing movies he's made. This isn't like Tarantino, who said he only wants to make ten films in total to avoid becoming irrelevant. Marty has repeatedly overcome any self-doubt he may have had because he loves movies that much.

Marty has just finished one of his most energetic pictures. I don't blame him for feeling like he doesn't want to do this until he keels over. Robert Altman was
Marty's had a long career, he's certainly earned the right to say, "I'm done now." Look at how many amazing movies he's made. This isn't like Tarantino, who said he only wants to make ten films in total to avoid becoming irrelevant. Marty has repeatedly overcome any self-doubt he may have had because he loves movies that much.

Marty has just finished one of his most energetic pictures. I don't blame him for feeling like he doesn't want to do this until he keels over. Robert Altman was planning to make at least one more film before his death, and that was his prerogative. This is Marty's.
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10:45PM on 12/09/2013
With some directors I'd take them at their word. Scorsese, while he might not keep directing a new movie every couple or three years, I think, at 71, depending on his health and that he doesn't check out prematurely, has more than just a couple more in him. Few directors in Hollywood are so studied in their field. Even if he took time off, I still see him coming back like Sidney Lumet did at the end, with one more for the books.
With some directors I'd take them at their word. Scorsese, while he might not keep directing a new movie every couple or three years, I think, at 71, depending on his health and that he doesn't check out prematurely, has more than just a couple more in him. Few directors in Hollywood are so studied in their field. Even if he took time off, I still see him coming back like Sidney Lumet did at the end, with one more for the books.
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10:29PM on 12/09/2013
I'd love to see Scorsese directs a science fiction film.
I'd love to see Scorsese directs a science fiction film.
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9:26PM on 12/09/2013

The Greatest of all Time

The Irishman.
The Irishman.
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8:21PM on 12/09/2013

Nothing But Respect And Admiration...

If Mr. Scorsese calls it a day in the near future, that is entirely up to him. Better to walk away while he's at or near the top of his game. Personally? I'd like to see one more movie with him directing and starring Mr De Niro, Mr Liotta, Mr. Pesci, Mr Keitel, and his current muse Mr DiCaprio. His career has been filled with dedication to his craft, and getting the best performances out of top flight actors and actresses. That many of his movies are raw, uncompromising, brutal, unsettling
If Mr. Scorsese calls it a day in the near future, that is entirely up to him. Better to walk away while he's at or near the top of his game. Personally? I'd like to see one more movie with him directing and starring Mr De Niro, Mr Liotta, Mr. Pesci, Mr Keitel, and his current muse Mr DiCaprio. His career has been filled with dedication to his craft, and getting the best performances out of top flight actors and actresses. That many of his movies are raw, uncompromising, brutal, unsettling gives proof that Mr Scorsese ( and he's earned the right to be addressed that way) is one of America's best , period. Add to that his passion shining a light on film history and the preservation of same, and his penchant for making some great concert films, there is much to remember his career by. I was 14 years old in 1976 when I got into the local theater to see Taxi Driver. That changed, forever, what films could do and be. I'd love to have him over to dinner and wine, and just listen to the stories from him. Very much looking forward to The Wolf Of Wall Street. its been a dry, dry fall and Christmas season so far. TIme for Mr. Scorsese to kick us in the ass and wake us up.
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7:49PM on 12/09/2013
Scorsese is my favorite director. If he thinks that his time of working is getting close to an end, than I am okay with that. He has made some the most important films of all-time. He has left his mark on cinema. He cannot work forever. Whenever he thinks it is time to call it quits I can not deny that I will be a little sad. His legacy is in tact so whenever that sad comes I will probably shed a tear or two and bust open up a bottle of Elijah Craig and toast to him and say "job well done, sir."
Scorsese is my favorite director. If he thinks that his time of working is getting close to an end, than I am okay with that. He has made some the most important films of all-time. He has left his mark on cinema. He cannot work forever. Whenever he thinks it is time to call it quits I can not deny that I will be a little sad. His legacy is in tact so whenever that sad comes I will probably shed a tear or two and bust open up a bottle of Elijah Craig and toast to him and say "job well done, sir."
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6:46PM on 12/09/2013

just give me Sinatra

I heard it won't be as much as a bio-pic than a look at Sinatra's life involved with.the mob.
I heard it won't be as much as a bio-pic than a look at Sinatra's life involved with.the mob.
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4:37PM on 12/09/2013

I take that as "There's not going to be many more films from me, not because I'm going to retire ...

... but because c'mon guys, I'm old." To quote Maurice Sendak "Death looms".

Let's say he makes to 90. which is great, that's almost 20 more years of Scorsese on the planet. But that's still 10 more movies at best. Realistically 7 or 8.
... but because c'mon guys, I'm old." To quote Maurice Sendak "Death looms".

Let's say he makes to 90. which is great, that's almost 20 more years of Scorsese on the planet. But that's still 10 more movies at best. Realistically 7 or 8.
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4:31PM on 12/09/2013

There's a fascinating dynamic

Between directors who recognize they want to stop as they get older before the quality starts to consistently diminish (Tarantino) and those who realize their age is finally catching up with them and they realize they don't want to make false promises, in this case, Scorsese is the latter. I wish Ridley Scott had this outlook because he's older than Scorsese and his films have become increasingly unbearable to watch, and his constant need to revisit old films is only tarnishing his filmography
Between directors who recognize they want to stop as they get older before the quality starts to consistently diminish (Tarantino) and those who realize their age is finally catching up with them and they realize they don't want to make false promises, in this case, Scorsese is the latter. I wish Ridley Scott had this outlook because he's older than Scorsese and his films have become increasingly unbearable to watch, and his constant need to revisit old films is only tarnishing his filmography as a whole.
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4:26PM on 12/09/2013
He's got his own wing in Cooperstown. I like guys going out on their own terms.
He's got his own wing in Cooperstown. I like guys going out on their own terms.
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4:20PM on 12/09/2013
I just want to see him make a film with BOTH DiCaprio AND DeNiro before he calls it quits.
I just want to see him make a film with BOTH DiCaprio AND DeNiro before he calls it quits.
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5:31PM on 12/09/2013
That's my hope as well!. Bring in Joe Pesci, Ray Liotta and all of his regulars and make an absolutely epic gangster film. Go out with a huge bang!
That's my hope as well!. Bring in Joe Pesci, Ray Liotta and all of his regulars and make an absolutely epic gangster film. Go out with a huge bang!
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