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Martin Scorsese slams Marvel films as 'not cinema'

'I don't see them. I tried,' Scorsese has controversially said of the popular superhero blockbusters

Oscar-winner Martin Scorsese touched off a firestorm among filmmakers on October 4, 2019, claiming super-hero blockbusters like the ones Marvel makes were 'not cinema.' AFP 
Oscar-winner Martin Scorsese touched off a firestorm among filmmakers on October 4, 2019, claiming super-hero blockbusters like the ones Marvel makes were 'not cinema.' AFP 

Oscar-winner Martin Scorsese touched off a firestorm among filmmakers Friday, claiming super-hero blockbusters like the ones Marvel makes were "not cinema."

"I don't see them. I tried, you know? But that's not cinema," Scorsese told Britain's Empire magazine about the Marvel movies.

"Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well-made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks," the 76-year old director of the forthcoming The Irishman quipped.

A handout photo of Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy L to R: Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Drax The Destroyer (Dave Bautista) and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) (Courtesy: Film Frame) ©Marvel 2014
Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy L to R: Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Drax The Destroyer (Dave Bautista) and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel). Courtesy Film Frame

"It isn't the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being," he went on.

The jab from the beloved director of legendary hits such as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Casino, sent many jaws dropping in Hollywood, where blockbuster business is also beloved.

"Martin Scorsese is one of my five favorite living filmmakers. I was outraged when people picketed The Last Temptation of Christ without having seen the film," tweeted James Gunn, director of Guardians of the Galaxy. "I'm saddened that he's now judging my films in the same way."

"Anyone who thinks Marvel is only trying to make theme park rides is being unjust and cynical," added C Robert Cargill, a screenwriter on Doctor Strange.

"I think one of the greatest fallacies in modern thought is that cinema has to be challenging," he added on Twitter.

"Not only does this dismiss a lot of great films most would call cinema, but it discounts the idea that cinema can be accessible to all, that it can capture the imagination of eight-year-olds," he said.

Updated: October 6, 2019 10:20 AM

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