Martin Scorsese made a surprise virtual appearance at the 2023 New York Film Critics Circle Awards, where he presented “Tár” director Todd Field with the Best Feature Award. Scorsese, who directed “Tár” actor Cate Blanchett to an Oscar in “The Aviator,” praised Field’s performance as “a real high-wire performance” and said the film lifts the clouds of the “dark days” cinema is currently facing.
“For so long, many of us watch films that tell us where they’re going,” Scorsese said. “I mean, they hold our hands and, even if it’s upsetting at times, comfort us that everything will be okay in the end. Now this is deceptive, since one can get used to it and eventually get used to it, which can leave those of us who have experienced cinema in the past – much more so – pessimistic about the future of the industry, especially for the younger generation. But that was on a dark day.
Scorsese continued, “When I experience Todd’s film, ‘Tar,’ the cloud lifts. What you’ve done, Todd –– the fabric of the movie you’ve created doesn’t allow it. All aspects of the movie and proof of the film you used. A change of location, for example, only a change of location is what cinema does best, reducing space and time to nothing.”
“Tár” stars Blanchett as a world-renowned maestro whose personal life and professional career are turned upside down by his toxic behavior. Blanchett won the best actress award at the Venice Film Festival and is widely expected to receive Oscar nominations, as well as fields for best picture and best director.
“What you did, Todd — it was a real high-wire act,” Scorsese added. “All of this is conveyed through a masterful mise-en-scene with a controlled, precise, menacing, bulging angles and edges geometrically chiseled into an exquisite 2:3:5 aspect ratio frame. The limitations of the frame, and the measured long exposure reflect the brutal architecture of its soul – the soul of TÁR.”
Field and Blanchett recently joined forces of diversity First cover story of 2023. Blanchett said during the interview, “I think ‘Tár’ is about a moment in a woman’s life when she’s moving inexorably, as we all are, toward death, and we try to outrun that thing — we try to outrun the uncomfortable aspects of ourselves. . We try to hide.”
Scorsese often finds a way to publicly champion his favorite films of a given year. “Tár” joins T West’s horror movie “Pearl” as one of two 2022 titles the Oscar-winning filmmaker has made a statement of praise for. Back in September, said “Pearl” was “so deeply disturbed” that she had trouble sleeping afterward.
“‘Pearl’ makes for a wild, mesmerizing, deeply — and I mean deeply — disturbing 102 minutes,” Scorsese wrote in a statement. “West and his music and creative partner Mia Goth really know how to play with their audience…before they throw a knife in our chest and start twisting.”
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