Scorsese’s Interest: “What About the Soul and the Heart?”

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"As you get older, ideas go and come," says Martin Scorsese. "Questions, answers, loss of the answer again and more questions, and this is what really interests me."He's answering a question about a movie, believe it or not. And if you've been following this blog for long, you'll know which one. But it's what he goes on to say about his motivations that I find most intriguing... … [Read more...]

Will Martin Scorsese Ever Give Us Some Silence?

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To be frank, I hope nobody tries to make another movie of Shusaku Endo's novel Silence.The experience of reading this novel is so harrowing, so moving, that I would prefer to have people experience the story on the page, and in their own imaginations, rather than have them spend two hours watching how someone else pictured it. Participating in this novel, and living in it for a while, by reading it... it's an incredibly personal experience.Nevertheless, I can't help but wonder what … [Read more...]

Casting News So Extraordinary, I’m May Not Sleep Tonight

Shusaku Endo's Silence is the most harrowing novel I've ever read (yes, even harsher than The Road), and one of the most moving and profound.I've been reading about Martin Scorsese's plans to make a film version for several years now, trying to imagine how anyone could translate that riveting nightmare of a story to the big screen.Well, if he's going to do it, he certainly moving in the right direction. This news is going to make it hard for me to think about anything else for a … [Read more...]

Scorsese’s “Shutter Island” to star Williams, Ruffalo, and… yes… DiCaprio

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting on Hollywood. So all is right with the world. And today, the HR site reports on Martin Scorsese, who appears to have a crowded calendar for '08.Alas, while I've been eagerly awaiting updates on Scorsese's adaptation of Shusaku Endo's Silence, it appears that another project has developed that will be filmed and released first: "Shutter Island"... is an adaptation of a Dennis Lehane novel that follows two U.S. marshals who are sent to a federal institution … [Read more...]

Specials: Doug Cummings on “Silence”; Also: “Rescue Dawn”; and Peter Sellers

Here's Doug Cummings' new Masters of Cinema essay on Masahiro Shinoda's film Silence, which is based on Shusaku Endo's extraordinary novel. As you probably know, Martin Scorsese's next film is his own adaptation of the same source material. I urge you to read the novel before you see the film's. It's unforgettable.Here's J. Robert Parks on Rescue Dawn: (http://framingdevice.org/?p=239). ¬†And oh, here's Nate Bell on the same film.And finally, via Mark Shea, a YouTube clip of Peter Se … [Read more...]

Reinsma Reviews the Best Novel I’ve Read This Year

I finished reading Shusaku Endo's Silence a few months ago, and there hasn't been a day that's passed since then that the book hasn't haunted me.I highly recommend that you add it to your must-read list. … [Read more...]


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