Martin Scorsese has been making movies in one form or another for almost fifty years now. He’s made feature films, shorts, documentaries, and has had his hand in a multitude of productions as a producer, editor, and co-director. He’s also not stopping any time soon. Since his latest triumph with The Wolf of Wall Street, Scorsese has been preparing for his next feature film Silence, but before that we’ll get to see his next HBO documentary The 50 Year Argument.
Scorsese shares a co-directing credit with David Tedeschi on this intriguing documentary about the fifty year history of The New York Review of Books. The film purports to take viewers behind the scenes of the publication, which began in 1963 as a bid to “fill a void” during a newspaper strike. The paper then evolved from a platform to review new books to a place for intellectual argument and debate among some of the most famous creative minds of the 20th Century.
While I always enjoy Scorsese’s documentary work, I’m far more interested in the latest on Silence. According to his editor Thelma Schoonmaker (via The Film Stage), it’s still on track for its 2015 release date. It will be a “little art film,” telling the story of 17th Century Jesuit priests, with starring turns from Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Ken Watanabe. Schoonmaker further said that Scorsese still “doesn’t want to repeat himself” even if “everybody would like us to make Goodfellas over and over and over again.”
As someone who does not want Scorsese to make Goodfellas over and over again, I’m glad to hear that Silence is on track and that it will be a far different film from The Wolf of Wall Street – which, quite honestly, was a bit over the top and overlong for my taste.
We will bring you more new on Silence when we know something. Until then, be sure to catch The 50 Year Argument on HBO, September 29. You can check out the trailer and poster below.