[Marxism] Martin Scorsese Avenges the Auteur | The New Yorker

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Nov 7 06:59:07 MST 2019

What Scorsese is decrying is not the use of fantasy characters in 
movies. (A few days ago, he said that he even considered making “Joker,” 
though I wonder whether he was joking.) There’s a word in the first 
sentence of the piece that, clearly but subtly, propels the through line 
of his argument. He doesn’t complain about “superhero” movies; he says 
that, in Empire, he was speaking of “Marvel movies.” He repeats “Marvel” 
in the second paragraph, and then, in the third paragraph, specifies 
what he’s talking about: “franchise films.” Scorsese isn’t inveighing 
against fantasy but against a system of production that submerges 
directors’ authority in a network of dictates and decisions issued from 
the top down—a network in which the director is more of a functionary 
than a creator.


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