Martin Scorcese was at the Marrakech Film Festival last week and served as jury president. Before he left he did a Q&A with a local film school and, among other answers, he all but announced his retirement.
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“Desire? Yes, I have the desire to make many films, but as of now I’m 71 and there’s only a couple more left if I get to make them. I miss the time when I had the desire to experiment and try different kinds of films, I miss that time, but that’s done, it’s over. There is obligation as you get older, you have family. I’ve been very lucky in the last 10 years or so, to have found projects that combine the desire, the subject matter—from “The Aviator” to now—with, as best I can, fulfilling the obligation to my family and the financiers.”
Now there is one other thing, over the past few years now I’ve been trapped in a couple of films. Where because I agreed at first, I found that the circumstances—whether they were financial, executive situations at studios or physical difficulties—I tried to get out, but I couldn’t, and I had to make the movie. And then it was a matter of making something really special. I really have to find a way to stay really in there and stay interested and find something special. That happened a couple of times in the last 10 years.
Well. That sucks. Scorcese has made some of the most memorable movies in history and if he does retire that’ll be a sad day for everyone who loves film. Still, at 71 years old it’s amazing and awesome that he’s still creating films with such youthful energy, by all accounts The Wolf of Wall Street_ is a prime example of that.
That second quote is interesting though because really what films of his in the last ten years have been bad? Shutter Island maybe?
Either way personally while I respect Mr. Scorcese’s need to settle down and stop and smell the roses and whatnot, I certainly hope it doesn’t happen too soon.