The master Martin Scorsese is in the midst of doing some press for his film Silence. With his career spanning the length of over 53 years, he has created some of the most memorable films in history, and is a true living legend. Myself, like most I know, immerse ourselves in cinema, partly out of our love and partly due to pressures to stay on top of things. Scorsese doesn’t really keep up with the latest and greatest. From an interview with Heyuguys,
“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 ‘Means 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.”
I’d say it sounds kind of pretentious, and honestly this is human nature. As we get older we all turn a bit ripe, and yearn for the years of yesterday. He’s kind of giving us the old , “Back in my day film meant something.” On the surface of the marketing it may look as he is describing, if you only see ads for blockbusters & superhero movies. And I fuckin hate superhero movies for the most part. But there are so many great films out there right now that aren’t shit. Films that have plenty of meaning behind the images. I think he may just be too out of touch with the majority of modern film to simply be able to relate to the message behind the images.
None of what I said above invalidates his legaacy as a filmmaker. Because despite him being out of touch with current film offerings, he still has the gift of being able to produce amazing art, and no amount of old man gas can take that away.
Silence opens in limited release on December 23rd 2016.