There’s a quote from author Douglas Adams about how we adapt easily to new things in our younger years, but how “anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things.” It’s easy to look at tweets and essays from Hollywood’s old guard as little more than old men screaming at clouds shaped Netflix and Disney+ logos when they talk about the way streaming services and comic book movies are changing filmmaking, but a new essay from Martin Scorsese has a lot more to say than the idea that new things are bad.
In a new essay in the March 2021 edition of Harper’s Magazine, Scorsese looks at the lifetime and impact of Italian director Federico Fellini, which is interesting in its own right, but he bookends it with thoughts on the current state of cinema that both lament the passing of the old age but accept the reality of the current world.
“As recently as fifteen years ago, the term ‘content’ was heard only when people were discussing cinema on a serious level, and it was contrasted with and measured against ‘form,'” Scorsese writes. “Gradually, it was used more and more by the people who took over media companies, most of whom knew nothing about the history of the art form.”
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