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Instead of being afraid of technology, directors should ‘control’ it: The Scorsese

Director’s should use technology to further their “voice” instead of worrying that it would destroy their business, according to US film veteran Martin Scorsese on Tuesday.

As he accepted an Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime accomplishment at the Berlin Film Festival, Scorsese—who is a record-tying 10-time nominee for a best director Oscar for “Killers of the Flower Moon”—spoke.


Even with small-screen diversions on the rise, he told a crowded news conference that he was optimistic about the future of big-screen entertainment.

Regarding the film industry’s future, he stated, “I don’t think it’s dying at all — no, I think it’s transforming.” “It never was meant to be one thing.”

The 81-year-old Scorsese claimed that the moviegoing he had experienced as a child had given way to an array of fresh, non-threatening options.

“If you wanted to see a movie, you went to a theatre — a good theatre or bad theatre but it was a theatre, it was always a communal experience,” he stated.

Scorsese stated that “the only thing they (filmmakers) could really hold onto is the individual voice” in light of how quickly and thoroughly entertainment technology is developing today.

The “Taxi Driver” director claimed that the spark of imagination was far more significant than the medium, citing his humorous videos with his daughter Francesca as the reason behind his rise to fame on social media among a new generation.

“The individual voice can express itself on TikTok or express itself in a four-hour film or two-hour miniseries,” he stated.

To put it another way, I don’t think we should be afraid of technology. He remarked, “I don’t think you become a slave to the technology.”

“Let us control the technology and put it in the right direction — the right direction being from the individual voice rather than something which is just consumed and tossed away.”

“As good as Beethoven symphonies”

One of the industry’s most active advocates for film preservation, Scorsese, suggested revisiting classic films again and time again.

“Maybe if you see the film 30 years later, the film has changed and in actuality, the film’s the same but you’ve changed,” he stated.

Thus, in a way, watching movies could be likened like listening to Beethoven symphonies—they truly do evolve with time.”

When asked which recent films he preferred, Scorsese named Wim Wenders’ “Perfect Days” and Celine Song’s “Past Lives,” two other Oscar nominees.

Scorsese announced that he will concentrate on a next project that revives one of his recurrent themes: his Catholic faith, as soon as the Academy Awards campaign concludes next month.

He claimed to have discussed “fresher ways of thinking about the essentials of Christianity” with Pope Francis during their several meetings.

According to Scorsese, he was hoping for a “thought-provoking but also entertaining” movie that was “unique and different”.

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