Wednesday, October 04, 2006


Interesting Strategy

Today, I read a short interview with Martin Scorsese's current producer Graham King. In an article entitled "Counting on the Big Score-sese," King (who also produced The Aviator and Gangs of New York) says of the new Scorsese film The Departed, "We're going for commerciality on this one. Pure commerce. And if anything comes along with it, great. If it doesn't, that's fine, too." I say, "Nice strategy!" Most feel (myself included) that Scorsese's camp campaigned a little TOO hard for him to receive an Oscar for his last two films. Scorsese, the rebel filmmaker, had become Scorsese the elder statesman of cinema. Now, saying they don't care about Oscars for The Departed just might land him one! He's gone back to the kind of film he does better than any other living director. The "we aren't looking for awards" attitude of King might just work in getting them EXACTLY what they want, and something Scorsese has deserved for years!

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