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‘We’ve Got To Save Cinema’ – Martin Scorsese Speaks Up Against Comic Book Movies And Franchise Culture

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In a recent interview, Martin Scorsese spoke up against the dominance of comic book movie trends in Hollywood. In a recent interview with GQ, the ace director said it’s necessary to ‘fight back’ against this comic book trend and franchise culture to make space for original stories. Earlier he had even likened Marvel movies to theme parks and stated those flicks are not ‘cinema’.

In the interview with GQ, the Hollywood veteran said, “The danger there is what it’s doing to our culture. Because there are going to be generations now that think movies are only those — that’s what movies are… Which means that we have to then fight back stronger. And it’s got to come from the grassroots level. It’s gotta come from the filmmakers themselves. And you’ll have, you know, the Safdie brothers, and you’ll have Chris Nolan, you know what I mean? And hit ’em from all sides. Hit ’em from all sides, and don’t give up. Let’s see what you got. Go out there and do it. Go reinvent. Don’t complain about it. But it’s true, because we’ve got to save cinema.”

The 80-year-old is considered a living legend in Hollywood who has made some incredible classics like Who’s That Knocking at My Door (1967), Boxcar Bertha (1972), Mean Streets (1973), Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974), Taxi Driver (1976), New YorkNew York (1977), Raging Bull (1980), The King of Comedy (1982), After Hours (1985), The Color of Money (1986) to recent super hits such as The Aviator (2004), The Departed (2006), Shutter Island (2010), and The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) among several others.

The Academy Award-winning filmmaker’s upcoming epic crime drama Killers of the Flower Moon stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Lily Gladstone, and others. The movie is slated to release on October 20.

By Ishita Ganguly

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