Legendary film director Martin Scorsese has defended the length of his latest film

Martin Scorsese is a living legend of cinema

by Sededin Dedovic
Legendary film director Martin Scorsese has defended the length of his latest film
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The film "Killers of the Flower Moon" boasts an extraordinary runtime, clocking in at an impressive 3 hours and 26 minutes, making it longer than the already substantial film "Oppenheimer," which had its release earlier this year.

During a candid interview with the Hindustan Times, Martin Scorsese passionately defended the film's extended length. He underscored the importance of allowing the narrative to breathe, emphasizing that some stories demand a more expansive canvas for full immersion.

Scorsese articulated his belief that the richness of the characters, the historical intricacies, and the emotional depth of the story could only be fully explored with this generous runtime. In his view, this film offers an epic journey that transports the audience into a different era and allows them to experience the true gravity of the events portrayed on screen.

"People say it's three hours, but heck, you can sit in front of the TV and watch something for five hours," he said. "Also, a lot of people watch theater for three and a half hours. There are real actors on stage, you can't get up and walk around.

You give theater that respect. Give cinema some respect." Scorsese recently delivered a thought-provoking speech on the topic of film franchises, emphasizing the importance of rescuing cinema from what he referred to as the "franchise culture." In his insightful discourse, he highlighted the need to preserve the artistic and creative essence of filmmaking.

"There's going to be a generation that thinks movies are just that – they're movies," he said. "They already think that," he added. "Which means we have to fight harder. And it has to come from the grassroots. It has to come from the filmmakers themselves.

And you're going to have, you know, the Safdie brothers, and you're going to have Chris Nolan, you know what I mean? And attack them from all sides . Attack them from all sides and don't give up."

"Barbenheimer" encouraged both filmmakers and viewers to explore the uncharted territories of storytelling

One of the most notable triumphs in recent cinema was the simultaneous release of "Barbenheimer," a juxtaposition of "Barbie" and "Oppenheimer." This unprecedented cinematic experiment captivated audiences worldwide with its intriguing blend of seemingly unrelated concepts.

"Barbenheimer" not only pushed the boundaries of storytelling but also redefined the art of filmmaking. In an era dominated by cookie-cutter franchises and sequels, this bold cinematic endeavor offered a fresh perspective on the industry.

Scorsese, a staunch advocate for preserving the creative spirit of cinema, saw "Barbenheimer" as a beacon of hope in an industry often accused of relying on formulaic approaches to success. The film's unexpected success sent a powerful message: the cinema's ability to surprise, innovate, and challenge conventions is far from extinct.

It demonstrated that audiences still hunger for original stories and unconventional narratives. "Barbenheimer" encouraged both filmmakers and viewers to explore the uncharted territories of storytelling, reaffirming the belief that cinema has the potential to continuously evolve and captivate us in new and exciting ways.