Published: Tue, November 05, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Martin Scorsese: I considered 'Joker' but 'didn't have the time'

Martin Scorsese: I considered 'Joker' but 'didn't have the time'

"It was about characters - the complexity of people and their contradictory and sometimes paradoxical natures, the way they can hurt one another and love one another and suddenly come face to face with themselves", he wrote.

"Sixty or 70 years later, we're still watching those pictures and marveling at them". But is it the thrills and the shocks that we keep going back to? I think there must be a change of thought because we are missing. The "sameness" of Hitchcock's pictures were explored next, but he posits that "the sameness of today's franchise pictures is something else again". What's not there is revelation, mystery or genuine emotional danger. Not only that Scorsese also admitted that it was his personal call to move ahead with other projects.

Scorcese described modern filmmaking as "market-researched, audience-tested, vetted, modified, revetted and remodified until they're ready for consumption".

I know the film very well. "My sense of what's doable in telling tales with transferring photographs and sounds goes to be expanded". He then gets to the crux of his argument.

He also wrote, "So, you might ask, what's my problem?"

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"It's different from the superhero films", he said in the interview, adding that Joaquin Phoenix's stellar acting turns it into a "remarkable work", unique from most superhero flicks, which generally belong to "another art form". "The reason is simple". Maybe Scorsese didn't really think of it as a superhero film to begin with; it's pretty outside the norm of the average thing you see from Marvel or DC.

Martin Scorsese has made a few statements in recent times that caused an uproar in the film industry. The equation has flipped and streaming has develop into the key delivery technique. But I know the script very well.

Scorsese has some experience with this phenomenon; as he notes in the piece, his latest film, The Irishman, is playing in a very limited number of theaters for just a few weeks before being released via Netflix on November 27. Even though the film is being shown in luxurious theaters like the Belasco Theatre on Broadway, that's a hefty price - and it's unclear how many people will actually be willing to pay it. It could be, but it's not for me, you follow? He further refused to agree that it was a matter of supply and demand, dubbing it the "chicken-and-egg issue".

"If persons are given just one sort of factor and endlessly bought just one sort of factor, in fact they will need extra of that one sort of factor".

Recalling the era when Hollywood studio machinery was alive and kicking, the director wrote the tension between the artists and the makers was "constant and intense", but the friction was "productive" and the result were some of the greatest films ever. Well, I guess throw that out the window, because they're basically talking about making a sequel, and it might have had hints to other Batman villains, and I truly can not handle any more of this movie. All the identical, they lack one thing important to cinema: the unifying imaginative and prescient of a person artist.

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