Scorsese & I: The Abridged Version:
Scorsese was there. During way too many school nights, holidays, Saturdays at the cinema, and broadcast movie marathons in front of the television. All while also being way too young to even watch, or read about, any of his films. I did all of that. Since becoming aware of him and his work, he has always been there. This would happen either by blowing all my saved pocket money on DVD’s, and watching certain scenes over and over on my own, or sometimes with somewhat uncomfortable members of my own unimpressive real family sitting quietly, watching a teenager obsess... Funny how?
Since school, I have erratically researched, studied, imitated, collected, and watched it all. He is incontrovertibly my absolute favorite filmmaker, master craftsman, and cinemologist, of all time. It certainly matters more than I’d ever be able to account for. “The Irishman”. By Martin Scorsese. Like a good little tifosi, I followed this proposed movie from 2007, at its early inception, all the way to next week. This will never happen again. De Niro, Pacino, Pesci, Keitel, Schoonmaker, and Scorsese. These people, all of them, redefined a genre and an era, together, at last and once again amongst a remarkable supporting ensemble, in one film. No fucking way. Twelve years on. I get to see it. I can’t think of anything else that I’ve been waiting for, for this long. “Finally” just wouldn’t cut it. I feel like having a Seven & Seven, or making razor-sliced garlic prison pasta. Now, here we are. The wait is actually on the cusp of being over. On Wednesday, I’ll be quite ecstatic and rather occupied, all shown by means of a freeze-frame and an iris, followed by a quick cut to an extreme closeup of a slow motion flashbulb. Andiamo, amici!
📸 circa 2016. Wax indeed.
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