Martin Scorsese, Objectivism, Relativism, and How We Read Cinema

This post is by Jason Hellerman from No Film School

Who gets to decide what everything means?

Martin Scorsese is one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. So it’s only natural that when people analyze his work, they dig deep. Scorsese is known for injecting spirituality, violence, and moralism into every frame. When The Irishman came out, I watched every video essay on the subject. I remember Thomas Flight talking about how the opening scene of the movie was a self-homage back to Goodfellas, how Scorsese was talking about whether or not his own work would hold up as he aged, as we watched his movie about a gangster aging. I thought that was such a poignant take. One rife with interesting beats.

Until Scorsese got on camera and debunked it himself.

To his credit, Thomas Flight made another video talking about the objectivism and relativism of moviemaking and direction. It really intrigued me, and also I think it’s a good debate for our website.

Check out this video from Thomas Flight, and let’s talk after.

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