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– by Joseph Jammer Medina
Martin Scorsese at the premiere of the film “Shutter Island” at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival. Photo Credit: Siebbi

Yeah, we’re on this topic again. While making the rounds for his new movie The Irishman, Martin Scorsese made some controversial comments about Marvel movies, saying something along the lines of them not being cinema and comparing them to theme parks. He then doubled down on his comments, pretty much driving home the same point twice.

Now, during a BFI London Film Festival press conference in which Hey U Guys was in attendance, he had a chance to once again clarify his statement about what it is he’s valuing in terms of cinema. Here’s what he said:

“What has to be protected is the singular experience of experiencing a picture, ideally with an audience. But there’s room for so many others now, and so many other ways. There’s going to be crossovers, completely. The value of a film that’s like a theme park film, for example, the Marvel-type pictures, where the theaters become amusement parks, that’s a different experience. I was saying earlier, it’s not cinema, it’s something else. Whether you go for that or not.”

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Okay, while I’m still not 100% sure I get where he’s coming from, I think I do get a small part of it. What he seems to be longing for are films that are standalone singular cinematic experiences. Experiences that exist solely in terms of cinema and don’t necessarily bleed over into other things like merchandise, theme parks, etc. 

Basically, he doesn’t seem to like the idea of movies being part of larger experiences, and should standalone. 

If that was indeed his intention, I think I can get mostly on board with that, but still have a problem with his phrasing, but at that point, it just seems to be arguing semantics. What do you think of Scorsese’s clarified comments? Do they change your opinion of his perspective? Let us know down below!

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SOURCE: Hey U Guys

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.