Wednesday, November 30, 2011

"The Vision Thing: How Marty Scorsese risked it all and lived to risk again in Hollywood." | Fast Company | December 2011/January 2012

From a feature on Martin Scorsese in the "How to Lead a Creative Life" issue of Fast Company:
"Three months ago," he remembers, gesturing to the room around us, "I had a screening here for the family. Francesca had responded to Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, and to Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, so I decided to try It Happened One Night. I had kind of dismissed the film, which some critics love, of course, but then I realized I had only seen it on a small screen, on television. So I got a 35-millimeter print in here, and we screened it. And I discovered it was a masterpiece. The way Colbert and Gable move, their body language. It's really quite remarkable!"
It took me a few days to get through the article, but it was worth it.  And not just because it ends with Scorsese proclaiming that It Happened One Night - a screwball comedy and one of my favorite films - is a masterpiece.  I don't need that kind of validation.  Scorsese.  Pfft.

Take the time to read this article, or at least skim for quotes, it'll be worth your while.  After, if you feel like it wasn't time well spent, read it again. Read it 'til you get it.

I have more to say, but that'll have to do. For now, at least.

Oh, and, in case I don't return to this subject: Thank goodness Mr. Scorsese made Hugo. In an alternate reality it ended up in different hands, and the result was tragic.

I don't have more to say on that bit.