Nov 17, 2009

Scorsese Meditation

Today is the 67th birthday of director Martin Scorsese.
The following is one of my favorite moments from his engrossing documentary My Voyage to Italy (1999). In this sequence he discusses the films of Antonioni. In particular, I enjoy his ruminations on L'Eclisse. Scorsese's narration is so elucidating and personal ... his voice is calming and provides the perfect sound for a meditation on the art of film and its effect on the person who has the luck of experiencing a great work. Scorsese's passion for film is contagious and communicated, not in a delirious crushing professorial manner, but through intonations of soothing love.