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Martin Scorsese: “I want to tell stories, and there’s no time”

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Famed director Martin Scorsese has said he has many stories he wants to share, but feels it’s too late, he said in a recent interview with Deadline.

said Scorsese, 80, while discussing his narrative process for his upcoming film Moonflower Killers. “The whole world opened up to me, but it’s too late. It’s too late.”

Part of this thinking arose from reliving the moment director Akira Kurosawa received an honorary Academy Award from George Lucas and Steven Spielberg in 1990.


“I’m old. I read stuff. I see stuff. I want to tell stories, and there’s no time left,” Scorsese explained.[Kurosawa] He said, “I’m only now beginning to see the potential of what cinema can be, and it’s too late.” He was 83 years old. At the time, I said, “What does he mean?” Now I know what it means.”

Set to be released on October 6, the film is based on the real-life historical novel The Venus Killers: Intractable Murders and the Birth of the FBI By David Grann, from the perspective of Texas Ranger turned FBI agent Tom White (Jesse Plemons) investigating the mysterious murders of members of the Osage tribe.

Originally emphasizing the white savior side of the story, Scorsese revised the script to focus on the conflicted love story between white murder suspect Ernest Burkhardt (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Osage member Lily Gladstone. Ernest’s relationship with his uncle Bill Hill (Robert De Niro) also becomes a focus.


“Leo DiCaprio looked at me and said, ‘Where is the heart in this movie? “This was when Eric Roth and I were writing the script from the point of view of the FBI coming in and exposing everything,” Scorsese recalled. Eric and I enjoyed working on the first edition; it had all the tropes of the Western genre I grew up with, and I tended to do it that way. But I said, “The only person with a heart, besides Molly Burkhardt, is her husband, Ernest, because they’re real.” in love”.

The dissonance between Burckhardt’s love for his wife and the possible thirst for her tribe’s oil money was a heavy burden to be expressed in Moonflower Killerswhich has a running time of three hours and 26 minutes.

According to Scorsese, it’s worth the time. “Make a commitment. May your life be rich. This is a different kind of picture,” he said. “Spend an evening, or an afternoon with this picture, with this story, with these people, with this world that reflects more on the world we are in today, than we realize.”


Moonflower Killers It will premiere at Cannes later this month before opening to a wide showing in US theaters on October 6. The star-studded cast also includes Brendan Fraser, John Lithgow, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, and Jack White.

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