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Martin Scorsese says streaming services are “devaluing” cinema in powerful essay

By Ella Kemp

 

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Martin Scorsese has published an essay saying that streaming services are “devaluing” cinema.

 

The filmmaker wrote about Italian director Federico Fellini in a new essay for Harper’s Magazine and shared his thoughts on the impact of streaming services, such as Netflix and Apple TV, on the future of the film industry.

 

Regarding the way such streamers view movies, Scorsese said that “the art of cinema is being systematically devalued, sidelined, demeaned, and reduced to its lowest common denominator” when film is reduced to “content”.

 

“As recently as 15 years ago, the term ‘content’ was heard only when people were discussing the cinema on a serious level, and it was contrasted with and measured against ‘form,’” he continued.

 

Full Story: https://www.nme.com/news/film/martin-scorsese-says-streaming-services-are-devaluing-cinema-in-powerful-essay-2882512

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Well, I do agree the bigger the screen, the more impact a good movie has. And same goes for a great sound system. I do not understand why anyone would watch a good movie on a phone, or an iPad, or tablet. It is a sort of desecration of the movie.

 

However, things are changing fast. I understand why an older guy like Scorcese might be upset at the changes. But, change they will. And especially post Covid, I do not think movie theaters will ever return to their past glory. So, get used to it. Most people who have been able to maintain their success, are very good at dancing on their feet, and adapting to change. I see alot of great movie actors and directors doing TV work now. Because TV is where it is at. Hollywood has been losing steam for decades, and the amusement park ride movies it churns out reflects a great deal of cultural bankruptcy, and such lack of vision and creativity. With the exception of TV these days, which is only getting better and better. 

 

Kudos to you for your body of work Martin, but get with the program, or just retire. You have had the kind of career most can only dream about. And if the Irishman was any indication, retiring now might be a good thing. Even with Masters like Clint Eastwood, who other than Scorcese might be the most consistently great filmmaker out there, has a misfire like the Mule, occasionally. An indication of age? Maybe. 

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Martin is correct. The same thing can be said about music. It seems to a great extent we have settled for MP3 when listening to music. How much commercial music is trafficked by MP3 or FLAC(lossless?) files? This is a step down from genuine high fidelity music. In the age of the Internet we have sacrificed sound quality for convenience. I think Steve Jobs proved to the world people will make sacrifices (privacy) for convenience  The younger generation perhaps only knows digital music in the the digital age. How many truly know what high quality audio sound like?

 

Martin S. is an artist and has every right to point out when his art is being compromised. Even though he did partner with Netflix for his most recent movie. 

 

The  entertainment industry has not only commodified art to a great degree, they now openly use business nomenclature to refer to movies  - content or to blockbuster movies with sequels and prequels as a  - franchise.  Remember it is show BUSINESS.

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Streaming services are easy to use. But I agree with Scorsese. Now there is a flow of films. And in order to choose a worthy film, you have to re-read a lot of movie reviews and not get on a third-rate film. Things were much better 10-20 years ago.

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That's why I watch movies only on movie theaters and prefer not to use streaming services. Only movie theater can give me a full immersion in a movie and can make me value this art. 

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I am much more happy with streaming than the cinema, suits me better. The raft of simply mediocre films surely cannot be blamed on streaming, they still cost the same to make and the technical quality these days is superb.

 

I also disagree about music, mp3s are better than the quality we got from radio pre DAB. And if you like HiFi sound just pay the extra to your streamer to get quality like AAC lossless or MQA. 

 

Its great to be alive now! (except for Ukraine of course).

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