Martin Scorsese does not shy away from criticism of the current era of blockbusters, but thanks to new movie Tár the legendary director believes in cinema once again. Scorsese is widely regarded as one of the greatest directors of all time, and Taxi Drivers, GoodFellas and Raging Bull are all among his best movies that ever happened.
Recently, the director has been upfront about his views on Hollywood’s current addiction superhero movies and other major financial blockbusters. He has said that the action movies it is not a cinema and that it is more like roller coasters. Many agreed with his statements and many disagreed.
However, it appears that Scorsese’s faith in the medium has been restored. Reported by IndieWire, Scorsese appeared at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards to present the “Best Picture” award to Todd Field’s new film, Tár. This also gave Scorsese an opportunity to wax lyrical about the new drama film and he took it, talking about the state of cinema and the brilliance of Tar.
He said “For so long now, so many of us have been watching movies that pretty much tell us where they’re going. I mean, they take us by the hand, and even if it’s annoying at times, they comfort us along the way that everything will be fine in the end. Now that’s insidious,” explained Scorsese, “as one can be lulled into it and eventually get used to it. Leading those of us who have experienced cinema in the past — the more so — to despair about the future of the art form, especially for younger generations.”
The director continued “The clouds lifted when I experienced Todd’s film, Tár. What you’ve done, Todd, is that the very material of the film you’ve created doesn’t allow it. All aspects of cinema and film you used attest to this. The change in locations, for example, the change in locations itself does what cinema does best, which is to reduce space and time to what it is, which is nothing.
“You make it so that we exist in her head. We experience only through its perception. The world is her. Time, date and space become the music he lives by. And we don’t know where the movie is going. We simply follow the character on her strange, troubled path to her even stranger final destination.”
That’s the take, and it echoes the sentiment of many other filmmakers and critics who praise Tár. In fact, the psychological drama is expected to be a frontrunner in the upcoming awards season, with Cate Blanchett in particular looking likely to secure a Best Actress nomination (and even a win) at the Oscars.
As for Martin Scorsese, his new one will be released in 2023 thriller movie Killers of the Flower Moon, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brendan Fraser and Jesse Plemons.
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