Martin Scorsese is going against the movie industry in a essay he penned on Federico Fellini. Titled, “Il Maestro”, the essay see Scorsese revisiting Fellini’s filmography and uses the the filmmaker to formulate a debate on why the magic of cinema is lost.
Specifically, he argues that streaming and the use of the word “content” has devalued cinema. He writes:
“As recently as 15 years ago, the term ‘content’ was heard only when people were discussing the cinema on a serious level, and it was contrasted with and measured against ‘form,'” Scorsese writes. “Then, gradually, it was used more and more by the people who took over media companies, most of whom knew nothing about the history of the art form, or even cared enough to think that they should. ‘Content’ became a business term for all moving images: a David Lean movie, a cat video, a Super Bowl commercial, a superhero sequel, a series episode. It was linked, of course, not to the theatrical experience but to home viewing, on the streaming platforms that have come to overtake the moviegoing experience, just as Amazon overtook physical stores.”
While he takes aim at streaming, he also acknowledges that his career has also benefited with Netflix and such. As there would be no ‘The Irishman’ or ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’.