Martin Scorsese Defends Long Film Runtimes: ‘Give Cinema Some Respect’

Martin Scorsese Defends Long Film Runtimes: ‘Give Cinema Some Respect’

  • By Movie Moments
  • Nov 02
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In a recent chat with the Hindustan Times, Scorsese got real about the 206-minute length of his latest film. Scorsese really believes that folks shouldn’t be put off by long movies, especially in this age of binge-watching. He said, “People might say it’s three hours, but come on, you can sit in front of the TV for five hours.” He’s all about showing some love for the art of cinema. Scorsese pointed out that plenty of people willingly spend three and a half hours watching live theater, where you can’t just get up and wander off. He’s like, “Give it a little respect. Give cinema some respect!”


Now, Scorsese is dead-set that “Killers of the Flower Moon” should be a big-screen experience. He says, “We’re not trying to make a blockbuster here. We’re making a movie that deserves to be seen on the grand canvas of the cinema.” But Scorsese is not ignoring the fact that not every film needs that kind of treatment. He gets that some stories work great on smaller screens, and that’s cool too. “Killers” could still be a solid watch on your home TV, but if you want to dive deep into it, set aside some quality time.

Scorsese then got into his whole filmography and how he approaches his craft. He said, “I’ve tackled each film in a way that allows me to find new ways to tell the story. Sometimes, it’s a story without the usual plot. I mean, I like plots, but sometimes they’re just a hassle to create. Instead, I focus on finding the visuals and sounds that connect with the core of the narrative. It’s all about reflecting how you feel, and that’s what guides my editing choices – when to cut and when to let it flow.”

Scorsese is all about cinematic storytelling 

Scorsese is all about cinematic storytelling and isn’t afraid to challenge the norm to create immersive and emotionally resonant experiences for his audience. He really believes that his latest work, “Killers of the Flower Moon,” is a prime example of a cinematic journey that deserves some big-screen love.


By the way, “Killers” isn’t the only long movie in the Oscar race this year. “Oppenheimer,” a captivating biopic, also brings in a solid 180-minute runtime. Plus, visionary directors like Baz Luhrmann and Quentin Tarantino have ventured into the world of streaming, turning their works into limited series and diving into the evolving world of episodic storytelling.


In a world that’s always changing, Martin Scorsese stands strong as a cinema guardian, always exploring new ways to tell awesome stories and making sure the magic of moviemaking keeps going. Scorsese is an absolute master of his craft. So, if you’re up for an epic cinematic journey, then you definitely need to watch “Killers of the Flower Moon”.


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