Scorsese Urges Commitment to Art Over Algorithms: ‘It’s All an Illusion’

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Courtesy of Getty Images Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese and Al Pacino at the Santa Barbara Film Festival

Reprinted from The Hollywood Reporter by Chris Gardner on November 15, 2019.

With 300 guests on their feet delivering the night’s final standing ovation at the Kirk Douglas Award ceremony at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Martin Scorsese made his way to Ritz-Carlton Bacara ballroom stage, got a kiss on the cheek from presenter Leonardo DiCaprio and took his place behind the podium. …He didn’t make any direct mention of the back-and-forth about his criticism of Marvel movies or his recent essay in The New York Times — at least from the stage — but he did open up on how he first fell in love with film at five years old, how DiCaprio gave him a “new lease on life,” and why the industry should ignore algorithms and business calculations. But first, it was all about Douglas. …

THR 11/15

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