There are motion picture directors, CGI movie directors, action directors, special effects directors, RomCom directors, and then there is Martin Scorsese, who is a film director in the purest sense of the world–a revealer of character, an embracer of subtle but empowering technology that advances the film but is not the reason for the film, a director of shots, sequencing, lighting, sets, dialogue and most importantly a director in the classical sense of what film can be/do, who understands, honors, and advances the art every time he makes a new film. He is a historian, a groundbreaker, a stylist, a scholar of cinema, an intensely honest professional at the top of his game. He is not just a writer/director/producer of narrative fictional films, but a writer/director/producer of landmark documentary films, and switches between the two genres with the consummate ease of a gifted professional and without drama. Below, there is a link to an interview that was published this past week in The New York Times, but to put Scorsese into perspective, take a look at the list of Scorsese films on his Wikipedia bio link (above). Mean Streets, Raging Bull, Kundun, New York, New York, Goodfellas, Casino, Taxi Driver, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, The Last Waltz(the rock documentary considered the best of the genre), Shine a Light , Gangs of New York, The Wolfe of Wall Street, King of Comedy, The Aviator, The Departed, The Last Temptation of Christ and on and on and on. Although known for his blunt portraits of mob life and lifestyles, Scorsese’s range is astonishing. Get a perspective with this link to Esquire magazine’s list of his 25 best films.
There is a good chance that Scorsese directed three or four or your five favorite films. He’s that good and has that kind of range. But you know that.
What you don’t know, and what is below, is the current state of thinking of one of our very best artistic talents in any medium. So grab a glass of wine or pour a scotch on the rocks, and settle in for a revealing interview with Martin Scorsese, brought to you via the magic of linkage with the Times.
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