Ain’t Over Till It’s Over

Martin Scorsese to BigStory’s Jake Coyle: “Cinema is gone. The cinema I grew up with and that I’m making, it’s gone.”

HE to Scorsese: Grand ornate cinemas showing first-run movies in VistaVision and Super Panavision 70 and at 1.66:1 and via 30-frame-per-second Todd AO…movies made by top-tier, world-class talents and featuring big stars…yes, that era has passed. But cultivated cinema culture is very much a thing, and is definitely still with us in certain regions, within certain theatres — it’s just been marginalized. Adapted and reconfigured into a kind of spiritual sideshow. The popcorn-eating mob that used to show up for sturdy-quality mainstream flicks has moved on to CG-driven fantasy-superhero crapola.


Martin Scorsese, as captured for BigStory piece on 12.9.

Scorsese to Coyle: “The theater will always be there for that communal experience, there’s no doubt. But what kind of experience is it going to be? Is it always going to be a theme-park movie?”

HE to Scorsese: Yeah, pretty much. The big stadium-seating plexes have become animal houses. Except, thank God, when it comes to award-season fare, which will hopefully continue to be a seasonal event (October through January) that will temporarily upgrade the kind of films that people pay to see in a big screen.

Otherwise the action is focused on (a) film festivals, (b) whatever’s streaming on Amazon, Filmstruck, Vudu, et. al., (c) Curated films playing at Hollywood’s American Cinematheque, or Santa Monica’s Aero, or New York’s MOMA, Museum of Moving Image, Film Forum and the Walter Reade plus certain houses in Paris, Berlin and London, (d) the occasional choice Bluray and (e) the even more occasional counter-programmed spring or summer flick that isn’t aimed at idiots.

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  • Michael Gebert

    Movie movies are like the symphony now. Just because you can get it from a box in your house, doesn’t mean you can’t also go and see it somewhere real, and savor the fullest experience. I saw 70mm at the Music Box in Chicago and silents in 35mm with organ accompaniment at Capitolfest in Rome, New York. It’s out there, support it.

    Now if only my damn Napoleon blu-ray would come from England.

  • Pertwillaby

    What this means is that Scorsese is very close to retiring. Directors with big egos always proclaim the end of cinema when they are about to retire.

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    • K. Bowen

      What this means also, I think, is that Silence isn’t going to do that well and he knows it. But it’s a rare exception for recent Scorsese films.

  • Hardcore Henry V

    If he’s still making it, is it really “gone?”

  • THX11384EB

    I think Scorsese is talking more about the actual art of cinema, of staging and composition, more than the cinema-going experience. Most Hollywood product is just big-screen TV these days, as exemplified by Abrams and his ilk. The art of filmmaking, as learned by Coppola, Scorsese, Spielberg, Lucas etc from the Old Masters such as Fellini, Bergman, Kurosawa, Kubrick etc is dead and buried. The actual point of death was when Abrams was promoting The Force Awakens and tried to earn brownie points by saying that he had studied Kurosawa for the film. What an idiot.