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Martin Scorsese on obsession with cash register numbers: ‘It’s a bit repulsive’

Director Martin Scorsese took the stage at the New York Film Festival on Wednesday and said the focus is now only on the film’s box office numbers, cost and opening weekend.

The filmmaker began by saying, “Cinema is being devalued, humiliated, belittled from all sides, not necessarily the business side, but certainly the art.”

He continued: ‘Since the 1980s, there has been a focus on numbers. It’s kind of repulsive. The price of a movie is one thing. Understand that a movie costs a certain amount, at least they expect to get the amount back, plus another. The focus now is on numbers, cost, opening weekend, how much it made in the US, how much it made in England, how much it made in Asia, how much it made around the world, how much viewership it got. ”

Scorsese concluded by saying, “As a filmmaker and as a person who can’t imagine life without film, I always find it really offensive. I’ve always known that such considerations have no place at the New York Film Festival, and here’s the key: there are no awards here. You don’t have to compete. You just have to love film here.”

Martin Scorsese’s upcoming movie Killers of the Flower Moon will be released in 2023.



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