Thanks to the recent release of The Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese's name has been on the tips of just about everyone's tongue in Hollywood over the last few weeks. His latest film, which tells a story of extreme corruption, greed and excess among stockbrokers in the 1990s, has caused quite a bit of controversy, as some critics have claimed that the movie glorifies the ridiculous and over the top lives of the lead characters. It's a subject that cinefiles are debating passionately, but surprisingly it's not this debate that the legendary director focuses on in his recently published open letter in the Italian news magazine, L'Espresso (found via IndieWire). Instead, it's a passionately written piece about the future of the film industry - and in Scorsese's mind, the future is going to be quite spectacular.
While the letter was printed for everybody to see, it's addressed directly to Francesca Scorsese, the director's 13-year-old daughter. The central message of the piece focuses on the incredible technological advancements that have been made in world of filmmaking over the last few years, and how it's actually going to help young directors hone their craft. Professional-level equipment is no longer held at high professional prices, and new distribution outlets provide a way for in-experienced, under-funded artists to get their work seen. Rather than simply paraphrase the Goodfellas' directors words, you can read the letter in full below:
Scorsese is now 71 years old and has said that he probably only has a few more projects left in him before retirement, but it's incredibly encouraging that someone as brilliant as him can recognize such amazing promise and opportunity in the future of filmmaking. There may never be another Martin Scorsese, but the way the future of the industry is building there will be an endless number of chances for anybody to try.
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