Lift the silence

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Andrew Garfield in Silence Credit@ParamountStudios

In the diverse collection of directors, which seem to sit at the helm of numerous film projects, there may be a few which seem to have risen to the top and achieved a level of longevity through a career of defining projects. For a director, longevity may be achieved through consistently releasing projects, one after each other, however, what offers this longevity sustenance seems to be the talent to continually release projects of a high quality. Although taste in films may be subjective, there are some directors, which may have achieved such proliferation. Today the spotlight aims to cast its gaze upon the works of Martin Scorsese and his upcoming project Silence.

At 74 years of age, the American director, producer and screenwriter may have released an ensemble of notable titles over his career. With an origin in film-making stretching back as far as the 1950s, some may say Martin Scorsese spent a lifetime studying the art form. It may have been early in the director’s career when he began to understand the nuances of film; his early works seemed to heavily feature Robert De Niro. It may have been during this time Martin Scorsese released films, along with the award winning actor which seem to still hold relevancy in today’s contemporary climate. With the award winning release of Taxi Driver (1977) and Raging Bull (1980) , the combination of Martin Scorsese’s eye for cinematography and Robert De Niro’s talent for acting which may have proved a catalyst to these innovative releases.

Move poster for Silence, featuring Liam Neeson Credit@Paramount Studios

Move poster for Silence, featuring Liam Neeson Credit@Paramount Studios

With such acclaimed titles under his belt Martin Scorsese may have left a lasting impact on the film industry early in his career. However, the award-winning director continued to demonstrate his skill behind the camera and eventually he went on to release Goodfellas (1990) and Casino (1995). Two films which may have served to anchor both Robert DeNiro and Martin Scorsese in the minds of film enthusiasts. Most recently, Martin Scorsese entered the modern age of film with another familiar face featuring in the lead role of his film career.

At the turn of the century it was Leonardo DiCaprio it seemed Martin Scrosese may have spotted talent in. Along with a talented cast of individuals in front and behind the camera, Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scrosese went on to produce several films together. From Gangs of New York (2002) and The Aviator (2004) to The Departed (2006) and Shutter Island (2010), Martin Scorsese seemed to effortlessly evolve within the film industry. It was in 2013 Martin Scorsese aimed to adapt the true story of former stockbroker Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street. Once again featuring Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role, The Wolf of Wall Street went on to win several prestigious awards.

With several awards for Best Director and Best Picture, among numerous others to his name, when Martin Scorsese announced his latest film it seemed to turn many heads. Simply titled, Silence, Martin Scorsese’s latest film aims to pull together a familiar cast of faces while telling a tale set in the 17th century. For Silence, Martin Scrosese recruited Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man, The Social Network), Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Paterson) and Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List, Taken).

Providing the motivation for Silence is Japanese author Shusaku Endo’s 1966 novel of the same name. Martin Scrosese aims to adapt the novel for cinema and tell the tale of a pair of Christian missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) as they travel from Portugal to Japan to locate their mentor (Liam Neeson). Silence aims to bring a historical drama to audiences as the pair of young missionaries might travel lengths to find their teacher.

With Martin Scrosese’s unique directorial style and lengthy career in the medium, Silence may be another feather in the director’s cap as he aims to bring another nuanced tale to the big screen. With this eclectic group of individuals together on-screen and Martin Scorsese tying it all together, Silence aims to continue this critically acclaimed director’s legacy.

How might Martin Scorsese aim to adapt the 1966 historical novel Silence for contemporary audiences?

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