The hype around Martin Scorsese´s film The Irishman has long since subsided, it has been on Netflix for several months now and even went completely blank at the Oscar Awards despite ten nominations. On the other hand, we would bet that the three and a half (!) hours long movie is still waiting on the one or the other watchlist for its viewing. Since we will obviously be forced to stay at home a lot more than usual in the near future, such movies might be a nice distraction.
Since the coverage of the movie was mostly about digital rejuvenation of the actors in some scenes, we would like to link to a kind of interview with Thelma Schoonmaker, who edited this movie for Scorsese as usual. In it she talks about six scenes that she considers to be special moments in the film.
Sometimes it´s about an especially slow pacing that signals danger, sometimes about a piece of music, sometimes about a jump cut that couldn´t be avoided. For Scorsese, acting is what counts most of all, and if he wants to combine two sequences from different takes, he doesn´t let the fact that a digital, invisible transition is not possible stop him... Again and again Schoonmaker comes back to Robert De Niro, who is able to express emotions even when there is no motion. Reading the film makes you really want to watch it - but be careful: lots of spoilers!