Legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese has taken a significant step in his illustrious career, embracing the digital age by joining the movie-centric social media platform, Letterboxd. Known for his apprehension towards technology, particularly emails, Scorsese’s venture into social media has surprised many. Yet, it is a testament to his undying passion for cinema and his desire to connect with fellow cinephiles, regardless of the medium.
“Find me on @letterboxd,” Scorsese shared in an Instagram post, a platform he seems to be more comfortable with, showcasing his willingness to adapt and engage with newer forms of communication. This move is not just a nod to the changing times but also a significant boost for Letterboxd, a platform created in 2011 for movie lovers to log, review, and rate films.
Scorsese, even at 80, continues to be a formidable force in Hollywood, with a career spanning over 50 years and a filmography that includes masterpieces such as ‘Taxi Driver’, ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, and ‘The Irishman’. His latest film, ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’, marks yet another milestone, bringing together long-time collaborators Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio.
On Letterboxd, Scorsese has curated a list of Companion Films, pairing classics with his own work, reflecting his extensive knowledge of world cinema and his deep appreciation for the art form. “You always learn something, see something in a new light, because every movie is in conversation with every other movie. The greater the difference between the pictures, the better,” Scorsese explains, sharing his philosophy on film viewing and appreciation.
From pairing ‘The Heiress’ with ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ to suggesting ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ as a companion to ‘Goodfellas’, Scorsese’s list is a treasure trove for cinephiles, offering insights into his creative process and the films that have influenced his work. It is a generous sharing of knowledge, an invitation to explore cinema through the eyes of one of its greatest.
In joining Letterboxd, Martin Scorsese has bridged the gap between the traditional and the digital, between the old and the new. He continues to inspire, educate, and connect with movie lovers around the world, proving that his passion for cinema knows no bounds. As we delve into his curated list of Companion Films, we are reminded of the power of cinema to bring people together, to spark conversations, and to enrich our understanding of the world.
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