The director of Killers of the Flower Moon, which opens in theaters on October 19, expressed mild opposition to what has gone from a fun game to a journalistic tic and something taken too seriously by fans and his business cinema.
You look around, read websites and newspapers, watch TV and shake your smartphone, and sometimes the impression that you live in drunk, crazy, stupid times and beyond the threshold of surrealism becomes overwhelming. The habit of thinking, reading and analyzing things is missing. Let alone deal with the complexity and variability of reality.
This is about the really important things in the world, especially when we’re talking about things like cinema.
Yet sometimes, most of the time from some grand old man (someone might say), there are gentle voices that bring us, or should bring us back to earth.
One of those voices, in cinema, is his Martin Scorsese, a gentleman who doesn’t need much introduction and who when he talks he talks using his brain. The controversy is over Miracle is an example of this if you read it carefully Scorsese he claims, and we do not allow ourselves to be blinded by the support of the field for one faction or the other.
The fact is that during an interview in the prestigious magazine year, Scorsese has now expressed a gentle and gentle opposition to what had for years been a entertainment audience, and which today has become a dubbing obsession that is taken very seriously, as well as a “journalistic” tic that goes in the direction of an excessive trivialization of things: the compilation of arena of your 10 (or 20, or 30…) favorite movies, overall or within a genre.
Here’s what the director of Killers of the Flower Moon, which opens in theaters on October 19, had to say:
I’ve been trying for years to make lists of my favorite movies, whatever that means. And in the end I discovered that “favorites” is a word that can take on different meanings: the movies that impressed you the most, or the ones you want to see again more often, or the ones you watch again to learn something, or try to tell us find inside new things. So it depends, things may vary. And somehow I’m always against those top 10s.
The word “favorites”, even “best”, can take on many other shades of meaning depending on your point of view, and therefore the absurdity of these rankings is quite clear. Then, of course, we’ll all keep doing it, just for fun, but what Scorsese really means, I allow myself to interpret, is that certain ambitions of the collection should never be taken too seriously, as is unfortunately often the case.
Among the films Scorsese still considers must-sees, the director said 2001: A Space Odyssey And Barry Lyndonbut above all some of his masterpieces Orson Welles: Falstaff, The process and obviously Fourth power.
It changed my life. He broke all the rules. One of the things Welles said is that one of the best things you can bring to making a movie is ignorance. When you’re told you can’t do a certain thing and you say “why not?”.
Second Scorsesenew writers should follow Wlles’ example and reject the rules imposed by the Studios.
Young people who express themselves through moving images will find a way to see them. But they must fight, they must really fight, and they must not be chosen.
Scorsese then wanted to give a final piece of advice to young directors: to see as many films as possible, without talking too much about genres and writers.
There should be only one film culture. Today everything is fragmented, divided. Even when we were young, not everyone liked musicals, westerns or gangster films, but we still went to the cinema and saw everything that was available.
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