Martin Scorsese has returned to the ring with new comments that point directly to the modern film industry and much-talked about streaming. Although the director acknowledges that I have benefited from the benefits of this new way of distributing films, at the same time he assures that the cinema goes through a period of decadence in which cinematography and the audiovisual industry in general, go through the same cut and they are treated under the same magnifying glass.
In short, the director of Silence believes that in our times a movie, a series, or a television commercial, have the same impact and the same exhibition opportunities. Since cinema is an art that previously remained for different spaces, more in line with the level of complexity behind its manufacture. Situation that has gradually affected the movie experience.
The director wrote an essay on Federico Fellini for Harper magazine, but in reality his reflections go further, to the point of hitting some points and criticizing the current state of the film industry.
“As recently as 15 years ago, the term ‘content’ was heard only when people were talking about cinema on a serious level, and it was contrasted and measured based on ‘form’,” writes Scorsese. Then gradually was increasingly used by the people who took over media companies, most of whom knew nothing about the history of the art formor they didn’t even care enough to think they should. ‘
Although he admitted that he himself has benefited from streaming platforms with his films The Irishman who was a Netflix success and his next project, Killers of the Flower Moon, which will come with Apple, in any case he pointed out how these have devalued the cinema until make it “content”, where literally any moving image belongs.
“We can’t depend on the movie business, as it is, to care for movies,” says Scorsese. «In the movie business, what now is the mass visual entertainment business, the emphasis is always on the word ‘business’, and the value is always determined by the amount of money to be made from any property. In that sense, everything from Sunrise, to La Strada to 2001 [Odisea en el Espacio] now it’s practically dry and ready to be labeled ‘Art Cinema’ on a streaming platform«.
Finally for Scorsese it is the work of those who like him, know the cinema and its history, to share their love and knowledge with as many people as possible. As well as making it clear to the current legal owners of these important films that they have much more on their hands than just a property ready to be exploited. “They are among the greatest treasures of our culture and must be treated accordingly,” he said.
Martin Scorsese’s comments on the movie industry and streaming are nothing new. The director is among that bunch of filmmakers who defend the cinematographic experience before the imminent advance of the premieres through digital platforms. In the same way, the director had previously lashed out at the Marvel movies that he dismissed as cinema and compared rather to a kind of amusement park.
You can read Scorsese’s full essay here.
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Luis Angel H Mora My letter from Hogwarts never arrived, so I focused my life on the cinema. I like writing, Harry Potter, Doctor Who and the parties I get to be an astrologer. John Williams and The Killers musicalize the drama of my life.