Martin Scorsese took aim at the current state of the film industry as streaming continues amid the coronovirus epidemic.

The business has struggled as a studio since last March when cinemas across the country went into lockdown Push the main tentacles Release dates for popular streaming services like Netflix and later Hbo max Give your users the chance to pursue a potentially risky theater experience in favor of watching new titles from the comfort of their homes.

Scorsese, who previously released the Oscar-nominated film “The Irishman” via Netflix and has partnered with AppleTV + for a new project called “Killers of the Flower Moon”, wrote an essay in the latest issue. Harper’s magazine In which he honored the late Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini. Throughout the essay, acclaimed directors look at the current state of the film industry and think that they think streaming will have a future generation of artists.

Above all, he castigates the concept of viewing cinema as “material”, which he believes reduces the medium to its “lowest common denominator” and calls it “devaluation,” “bypassing” , “And” demolish “.

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“As recently as fifteen years ago, the word ‘content’ was only heard when people were discussing cinema on a serious level, and it was measured and measured against ‘form’. Then, slowly, , It came to be used more and more by people who handled media companies, most of whom knew nothing about the history of art, or even cared enough to think it That they should, ”Scorsese writes. “Content ‘became a business term for all moving images: a David Lean film, a cat, a Super Bowl commercial, a superhero sequel, a series episode. It was linked, of course, not to a theater experience but to home viewing. On streaming platforms that have come to overtake the film experience, such as Amazon overtaking physical stores.

Director Martin Scorsese jabbed streaming services.

Director Martin Scorsese jabbed streaming services.
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He The notes that are opening up the film industry to those who will provide content to streamers have benefited many, including myself. However, their real grip is with content curation that comes with streaming recommendation algorithms.

“This has created a situation in which everything is presented to the audience in a level playing field, which seems democratic, but it is not. If you have already Further ‘suggestions’ are there, and there are suggestions. Only on the basis of subject matter or style, then what does he do to the art of cinema? “He writes.

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The director continues: “Curating is not undemocratic or” aristocratic, “a term now used so often that goes meaningless. It’s an act of generosity – you’re sharing what you love and That has inspired you. ” (The best streaming platforms, such as Criterion Channel and MUBI and traditional outlets such as TCM, are based on curating — they are actually curated.) The algorithm is, by definition, based on calculations that treat the viewer as a consumer and some No. “

Somewhere among his critics, Scorsese stated that it is conducive for artists to fight for a new way of film distribution as well as to defend the concept of high-cinema.

“We cannot depend on the film business, just as it is for taking care of cinema. In the film business, which is now a largely visual entertainment business, the emphasis is always on the word ‘business,’ and value. Always The amount of money to be made from any property is determined by that, ”he concludes.

Martin Scorsese spoke out against mainstream streaming services.

Martin Scorsese spoke out against mainstream streaming services.
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This is not the first time that Scorsese has taken a shot at modern filmmaking. In 2019, he hit back at comments made during an interview with Empire magazine in which he commented on the burgeoning superhero genre, especially the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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“I don’t see them,” Scorsese said at the time. “I tried, you know? But it’s not cinema. Honestly, the way I can think, as they’re doing, the best they can do with the actors is in the circumstances, which are theme parks. “

Scorsese’s comments sparked outrage among fans and prompted Hollywood A-listers such as Francis Ford Coppola and Robert Downey Jr. to speak, some backing up his claims while some slapping him.