In addition to being one of our most revered filmmakers, Martin Scorsese has long been a noted cinephile. His restoration and preservation efforts have proven invaluable, and few are as well versed in the medium’s history as he is. That said, he apparently isn’t up to date on the current cinema. That’s according to a press conference for the upcoming “Silence” attended by HeyUGuys, who have Scorsese on the record as saying that there’s “oversaturation, particularly in our world as it is now, and nothing really does have a meaning.”
“Images for example are everywhere,” he continues. “Cinema used to be in a building and even on television, you’d see a film or whatever. I must say a lot of the films that I’m aware of…and I don’t see that many new ones over the past two or three years, I stopped because the images don’t mean anything.” Certainly they don’t make them like they used to, but are we to take from this that the director of “Taxi Driver” and “Goodfellas” has yet to see the cinematic event that is “Batman v Superman”?
“We’re just completely saturated with images that don’t mean anything. Words certainly don’t mean anything anymore, they’re twisted and turned,” adds Scorsese. “So where’s the meaning? Where’s the truth? So we have to strip away everything. It goes back to that question I had in ‘Means Streets’, how do you live a good life? A life which is good, meaning compassion, and respect for others, in a world like today or in a world where I grew up, quite honestly.”