The international premiere of Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” closed out the London Film Festival this weekend where the Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci vehicle played to rave reviews and serious awards talk, just like in the United States.
Of course, the film has become a topic of discussion not just for the feature itself but its distribution, namely that it’s a Netflix original film through and through and will get a limited theatrical release for a few weeks ahead of a global streaming debut.
Speaking at a press conference before the film’s screening, Scorsese said that while the ‘communal experience’ of watching films in cinemas is vital, Netflix were the ones who gave him full backing after traditional studios dropped out:
“There’s no doubt that seeing a film with an audience is really important. There is a problem though: we have to make the film. We’ve run out of room, in a sense; there was no room for us to make this picture, for many reasons. [But] having the backing of a company that says that you will have no interference, you can make the picture as you want – the trade-off being: it streams, with theatrical distribution prior to that. I figure, that’s a chance we take, on this particular project.”
Netflix has been the target of more traditional sectors of the film industry, especially exhibitors, who are committed to defending the status quo and so major chains like AMC and Regal are refusing to screen the film.
Scorsese also doubled down on his comments from the other week about Marvel films being akin to theme park rides, saying:
“It’s not cinema, it’s something else. We shouldn’t be invaded by it. We need cinemas to step up and show films that are narrative films. Theaters have become amusement parks. That is all fine and good but don’t invade everything else in that sense. That is fine and good for those who enjoy that type of film and, by the way, knowing what goes into them now, I admire what they do. It’s not my kind of thing, it simply is not. It’s creating another kind of audience that thinks cinema is that.”
“The Irishman” is released in select cinemas November 1st in the US before being available on Netflix from November 27th.
Source: The Guardian