Being a champion of cinema understood primarily as a means of artistic expression, the director of Taxi driver Y the Irish He has taken the microphone again to defend his ideals. Within the framework of the 60th edition of the New York Film Festival (NYFF), the Oscar-winning filmmaker took the stage to present Personality Crisis: One Night Only, a documentary that he co-directed with David Tedeschi. And when talking about the current state of cinema, Martin Scorsese chose to strongly criticize that obsession with the box office that prevails in the film industry today.
Initially, the veteran filmmaker applauded the work of the NYFF, which he called a “spiritual home” for all filmmakers; above all, in these times that (in his opinion) are particularly cruel with the purest notion of what the seventh art should be.
«[Hoy en día] the cinema is devalued, degraded and underestimated everywhere; not necessarily on the commercial side but certainly in the artistic sense,” Scorsese said. «Since the ’80s, there’s been a focus on numbers, which is kind of repulsive.«.
However, the director is well aware that production companies, distributors and exhibitors cannot completely distance themselves from the search for profits; After all, cinema is still a business.
“Of course, the cost of a film is one thing. I understand that a movie costs a certain amount [y que las distribuidoras] They expect to recover that amount at least, plus an extra. I get it,” she stressed. “Now the emphasis is on numbers, cost and opening weekend; how much did it make in the US, how much did it make in England, how much did it make in Asia, how much did it make worldwide, how many viewers did it have?
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But despite that business logic, Martin Scorsese can’t help but find such a fascination with the box office “insulting.”
“As a filmmaker and as a person who can’t imagine life without cinema, I always find it really insulting,” he concluded. “I have always known that such considerations have no place at the New York Film Festival. And here’s the key on that too: there are no prizes here. You don’t have to compete. Here you just have to love cinema.
Scorsese’s next feature film is Killers of the Flower Moon, a period film —based on the homonymous novel by David Grann— in which he directs Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, among others. The film has the shelter of Paramount Pictures and Apple TV Plus, and plans to release worldwide in 2023.
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