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Cygnet74
10-07-04, 02:23 PM
Acclaimed movie director Martin Scorsese is ditching big-budget epic productions in favor of making cheaper, more personal films. The Gangs Of New York legend has just finished shooting Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator and he's starting to crave the freedom that a smaller budget allows. The 61-year-old says, "I'm looking forward to making pictures that have a little smaller budget and taking different stories and going that way. As Harvey Weinstein said to me this morning, 'If you want to do a film that is kind of dark or violent for $20 million or something, fine. Shoot it in 30 days.' But if you are going to do something for $100 million or $110 million, it alters your subject matter and how you present the subject matter. And you know, as I get older too, I don't know if there is any room for me, in a way, with what is happening."
I look forward to a string of low budget productions from Scorsese; hopefully they will be as inventive as his low-budget films from the eighties (King of Comedy, After Hours, NYS: Life Lessons). but it seems his reason for doing so is that he fears his age has made him irrelevant? WTF?

Crocker Jarmen
10-07-04, 02:54 PM
It has nothing to do with his age or whether or not he's relevent. Taxi Driver and Raging Bull weren't $100 million dollar movies. Nobody is going to spend that kind of money on a movie that isn't going to appeal to everyone! Not just film geeks and anti-socials.

PopcornTreeCt
10-07-04, 03:10 PM
I think this is great news. Its a shame that Hollywood measures a filmmaker's relevance with how much money their movies make.

Cygnet74
10-07-04, 03:25 PM
i don't think he's saying that his age is why he's going toward lower budget productions. i think he's saying that in addition to wanting to make lower budget films, he also thinks his relevance to contemporary cinema is waning. and what do you think he means by, "with what is happening."

Dr. DVD
10-07-04, 03:25 PM
In all honesty, I'm surprised Scorsese got the financing to make GONY given his track record.

I agree with PopcornTree though. It's a shame that Michael Bay would have an easier time getting a large budget film greenlit on his name than Scorsese. However, Martin Scorsese would probably have a better chance of landing a name star for his project to help him get the greenlight.

Tracer Bullet
10-07-04, 04:18 PM
How sad that he doubts his relevance to contemporary cinema. :(

Geofferson
10-07-04, 04:29 PM
Glad to hear it and I hope his future projects are smaller budget like he says.

Jericho
10-07-04, 05:12 PM
A lot of people seem to be using the word relevance when it's never even mentioned by Scorsese. Seems to me he's just saying his style of filmmaking doesn't fit the huge $100+ blockbuster style.

MasterCXtreme
10-07-04, 05:48 PM
In some ways he's right... in most ways he's wrong. People still love him. The one's that know him do anyway.

Get Me Coffee
10-07-04, 06:11 PM
Fuck work then! Walk away and enjoy life!

wendersfan
10-07-04, 06:13 PM
I hate to say it, but given his recent track record he's not as relevant as a lot of people might like. I'm sure he's got a few more great films in him, but I think the prime of his career (whatever that means) is behind him.

That's OK. His career is long and distinguished, and his advocacy of both film's history and its up and coming young auteurs continue to make him an important figure in the film community.

Trigger
10-07-04, 07:00 PM
I agree with his self-assessment.

Playitagainsam
10-07-04, 09:36 PM
Bravo, Scorsese! Hollywood is sick with blockbusters and dollar signs. Time to go back to the '70s... I'm looking forward to more films like "Mean Streets".

pro-bassoonist
10-07-04, 09:57 PM
Originally posted by Trigger
I agree with his self-assessment.

:up:

Pro-B

Jepthah
10-08-04, 12:15 AM
It's encouraging to hear him talk the talk, now I'd like to see him WALK THE WALK.

His last few have not been up to par, and I am not enthused about The Aviator either.

Supermallet
10-08-04, 01:41 AM
Originally posted by Jepthah
His last few have not been up to par, and I am not enthused about The Aviator either.

Really? I'd say The Aviator is my most anticipated upcoming film.

King Jaspo
10-08-04, 03:48 PM
"As Harvey Weinstein said to me this morning, ... "

Sounds to me like the realization came from the discussion. With money comes the responsibility of broad apeal and return on investment.

I have always believed self imposed limitations bring out the best in any artist.

Supermallet
10-08-04, 06:17 PM
Originally posted by King Jaspo
I have always believed self imposed limitations bring out the best in any artist.

A Dogme 95 fan, eh? ;)

PopcornTreeCt
10-08-04, 07:01 PM
The man made Taxi Driver. If that was the only film he ever made he would still be one of the best American filmmakers of all time.

DeltaSigChi4
10-08-04, 09:46 PM
Originally posted by PopcornTreeCt
The man made Taxi Driver. If that was the only film he ever made he would still be one of the best American filmmakers of all time.

:up:

bhk
10-09-04, 02:24 PM
Where can you go but down from a movie like Goodfellas?
Hopefully, he'll still make good movies because to me it's about story and characters, something Scorsese does really well.

Supermallet
10-09-04, 02:27 PM
Originally posted by bhk
Where can you go but down from a movie like Goodfellas?
Hopefully, he'll still make good movies because to me it's about story and characters, something Scorsese does really well.

I wouldn't call Casino a downhill slide, even as incredible as Goodfellas was.

John Spartan
10-09-04, 03:00 PM
Bringing out the Dead was excellent.

Besides, since when do you need $100 million to make a relevant movie? Since when are any $100 million films relevant?


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