Martin Scorsese claims Hollywood’s current output is lacking, saying it’s in “dark days” and that he is “despairing” for the art form’s future.
Martin Scorsese thinks that cinema is currently in “dark days” with the state of Hollywood. He claimed that too many films now have predictable storylines and that this theme within Hollywood is “insidious”.
The Goodfellas director went even further by saying he was left “despairing of the future of the art form,” as reported by IndieWire.
Scorsese made the remarks during an appearance at the New York Film Critics Circle awards on Wednesday.
Mr Scorsese said: “For so long now, so many of us see films that pretty much let us know where they’re going. I mean, they take us by the hand, and even if it’s disturbing at times, sort of comfort us along the way that it will be all OK by the end.
“Now this is insidious, as one can get lulled into this, and ultimately get used to it. Leading those of us who’ve experienced cinema in the past – as much more than that – to become despairing of the future of the art form, especially for younger generations.”
The Oscar-winning director (for The Departed) has not yet given up hope. His aspersions on the state of the industry were made as part of a speech to present Todd Field and his film TÁR with an award for Best Picture.
“The clouds lifted when I experienced Todd’s film, TÁR,” Scorsese continued. “What you’ve done, Todd, is that the very fabric of the movie you created doesn’t allow this.” The director added that the film, starring Cate Blanchette, is an “example” for filmmakers to follow.
There aren’t many greater endorsements for a film to receive than from arguably the greatest living director (and erudite film enthusiast) in the game.
Scorsese is touching on an issue that many viewers and industry insiders alike are concerned about. The never-ending meat grinder of franchise sequels and videogame adaptations can be disorientating. Our very own James Harvey wrote about this brilliantly not too long ago: Where have all the summer movies gone?
The film is an early favourite for awards season, having already secured Best Picture and Actress wins (Blanchette also received an award the same night). A synopsis for TÁR reads: “Renowned musician Lydia Tár is days away from recording the symphony that will elevate her career. When all elements seem to conspire against her, Lydia’s adopted daughter Petra becomes an integral emotional support for her struggling mother.”
TÁR is released in UK cinemas on January 13.