“I’m Not Kidding.”

Martin Scorsese has said in a recent tabloid interview that The Irishman could be his final film as a director.

The Mob movie starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Al Pacino is Scorsese’s first for Netflix and is his finest work in years. The film is already being hailed as a classic.

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But Scorsese says he is disillusioned with the lack of cinemas showing anything other than blockbusters and superhero films. He added that aged 77, he has other things he wants to do.

In a recent interview with Guardian, Scorsese said –

“Theatres have been commandeered by superhero films – you know, just people flying around and banging and crashing. Which is fine if you want to see it, it’s just that there’s no room for another kind of picture.”

“I don’t know how many more I can make. Maybe this is it. The last one. So the idea was to at least get it made and maybe show it for one day at the NFT or The Cinematheque in Paris. I’m not kidding.”

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Scorsese, an executive producer on the Italian movie Happy As Lazarro, explained his reluctance to get involved further. He said –

Happy As Lazarro, I’m ‘presenting’. I mean, I’m 77 and I’ve got things to do. Time is of the most value, right? I put my name on the line and say ‘Yes, I think you should see this picture.’”

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Scorsese reiterated his frustration at the over-saturation of superhero films in cinemas. He has been caught up in a debate over their merits ever since first saying in October superhero films are “not cinema”, with the director lamenting –

“We are in a situation now where the theatres are only showing the latest superhero films. You have 12 screens – and 11 are a superhero film. You enjoy superhero films, fine, but you need 11 screens? It’s crazy for a picture like, you know, Lady Bird or The Souvenir.”

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The Irishman was released on Netflix last month, and it’s easily my favourite movie of 2019.