Circa 2009 after being bestowed an expensive Masters degree the jobless months that followed were spent doing vacuous movie marathons. I would justify this ‘whiling away of time’ by calling it a study of cinema/art and all that bs. I never harbored RGV/Tarantino-esque film-making ambitions. I was a slacker who keeping busy during his downtime with high bandwidth.
Movies are amazing; combined with some quality reading on /r/movies and lo now you’re an addict constantly seeking your next fix aka the latest ‘recommended movie’. Then you become a hoarder. All precious bits and bytes stashed away in shiny cases to be willed out to children and grand children.
Somewhere along the way you get a job and are now a wage slave riding the nine to five flywheel. Your addiction is now a figment of some imagined past. You manage to watch maybe one or two in a quarter just enough to make clever quips at social gatherings. Then you marry.
She likes twilight; you want to fang yourself. Then you tease her with a ‘Cinema Paradiso’. She likes what she sees and pesters you for one more. You whet her appetite a little with an eclectic diet of genres and languages. Now She’s a neophyte. She ventures out onto the world wide web to explore and comes back with suggestions for movies that have piqued her interest. You crack open a six pack while she sips her moscato. Happy times are here again.
That brings me back to Scorsese.
During a beer fueled December evening bunch of us cinema nerds were discussing Goodfellas when the biggest nerd among us told me about the legendary Steadicam tracking shot through the nightclub kitchen. I was blown away by how I dint know this interesting piece of trivia.
The legendary Steadicam tracking shot through the nightclub kitchen was an accident. Scorsese (right, with De Niro), who didn’t even like using Steadicams at first, had been denied permission to go through the front door and had to improvise another plan. He decided to do it in one long shot to symbolize “Henry’s whole life being ahead of him, doors opening to him. It’s his seduction of Karen and it’s also the lifestyle seducing him”.
I have resolved to watch guruji’s movies in chronological order so as to introduce the misus to his craft while I revel in his cinema. Our playlist for 2013 is now all major motion-pictures directed by Shri. Martin Scorsese.
1967 Who’s That Knocking at My Door
1972 Boxcar Bertha
1973 Mean Streets
1974 Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
1976 Taxi Driver
1977 New York, New York
1980 Raging Bull
1983 The King of Comedy
1985 After Hours
1986 The Color of Money
1988 The Last Temptation of Christ
1991 Cape Fear
1993 The Age of Innocence
1999 Bringing Out the Dead
2002 Gangs of New York
2004 The Aviator
2006 The Departed
2010 Shutter Island