TCM CINEMA – FRIDAY NOVEMBER 18 – FILMS AND DOCUMENTARIES
On November 17, Martin Scorsese celebrated his 80th birthday. You don’t need a birthday to make you want to see a film by the American director, but the celebration makes it easier to achieve. The TCM Cinéma channel offers an abundant line-up of nine of its feature films that span time, from Bertha Boxcar (1972) at Shutter Island (2010) – from Scorsese’s second film, produced by B-movie king and godfather of the new Hollywood, Roger Corman, to one of the heights of the filmmaker’s collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio.
By way of viaticum, the Warner Group channel offers a short program entitled Talk to the Film in which director Nicolas Saada (former film critic Cinema notebooks), and actress Emma de Caunes comment on five films of the program – Taxi Driver (1976)Raging Bull (1980)The Freedmen (1990)Casino (1995) and Shutter Island. This can serve as an introduction to the work of an author who is too often summed up in a succession of paroxysms of violence.
What Nicolas Saada says, for example, of Casino – “it’s a horror movie aesthetic, the light is unrealistic and surreal” – makes a nice entry into this film which was considered too long when it was released and which interrupted the series of box office successes begun with Freedmen. Emma de Caunes, she tries to slip into the head of Ginger, the magnificent character played by Sharon Stone in Casino.
Love and science of cinema
The selected selection may be restricted, give too much prominence to Robert De Niro and leave aside the mystical ecstasy and dread which are one of the most powerful springs of Scorsese’s work, it allows glimpse what makes the unique strength of the filmmaker: an unequaled love and science of cinema, placed at the service of an anxiety that nothing can appease.
Alongside the masterpieces that we have seen or that we should have seen (a good opportunity to fill in some unavowable gaps, therefore), TCM also offers a small dose of films considered minor or not entirely completed, starting with Bertha Boxcar, which marks the only excursion to date by Martin Scorsese in the great American spaces, in the footsteps of trade unionists pursued by private militias – we are waiting for 2023 Killers of the Flower Moon, located on Native American reservations in Oklahoma – as well as Airman, in 2004, a baroque painting of Hollywood’s Golden Age seen through the deranged gaze of millionaire Howard Hughes.
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