“It’s pretty much the same story, a family that’s torn apart, because they have no father,” explains Scorsese in an interview with Yahoo!. “So they start looking, and they see that they can raise as their first child a girl that they call Molly. And she’s a tomboy with tattoos, and they are trying to do the right thing by doing what they think is right for their family.”
One of the more interesting developments involved their relationship with her brother, Joe, who is a good man and a loving brother to her. “It’s not my sister, it’s my brother,” admits Scorsese with a smile. “She’s a very different type, she’s got different life goals and goals that I actually would like to follow, because they’re far more noble in my book. But her brother is not interested in giving that up, he’s interested because she is a tomboy.”
The rest of his interview will be a bit technical as Scorsese covers a lot of ground, with much of it being well-disparaged in the press. However, in one of the few genuinely interesting points he makes, he makes a very different point to his earlier comments: “We had a lot of people at the time that were in favor of it being more graphic, a more graphic, graphic way of doing it, which I thought was going to be a more enjoyable way if they were willing to sit through it.”
The interview also covers the many different versions that the film was in and why Scorsese felt it suited a TV format, and even why he has a similar opinion about the format of movies as well, which we’ll get to later. “The problem with a television is so to see your story told through television is easy,” explains Scorsese. “If you want the story told through film, you have to change a lot of things, because now it has to be three to five hours, and you can’t change the way the camera works any more… In the movies where you have a longer time, it’s interesting because you know something happened and it happens again in a different way, and when what happens before is good, the next thing is better. For television, if you’re not watching the story, it’s not the same thing.”
This concept of storytelling being easier on TV is something that we’ve been seeing more of recently, with HBO’s True Detective being a direct result of the success of The Wire in the 2000s, and as well as the recent success of Fargo. So what do such factors have to do with Scorsese’s new movie? Well, he actually says it better than I could (he does occasionally use his first name, just to get those who’ve not seen it excited). “I think you have to look at it as if the audience is sitting in the front of the theater watching this and is not in fact sitting behind it, but sitting in the back,” he tells Yahoo!. “It’s always more comfortable if you’re in front of the audience that’s watching and not in the back behind it.”
I think he might be right, in part. After all, you can already start seeing films like The Big Sick and Brooklyn on TV and on the big screen now that they’re already available for streaming and home rentals at the low price of just $1.99. So do so many people actually need to take part in the story in a full theatrical theater?
Of course they do. And many, like Scorsese, tend to find theatrical screens to be uncomfortable, cramped and downright loud. In fact, Scorsese recently told the New York Times that his new film needed to be screened at the Cinema Village to get the proper ‘oomph’ for television audiences. “It’s so important in television to show the audience, but to also show the emotions, to show the excitement of it, and I think it’s just not possible to do that if we try to cut into the theater,” notes Scorsese. “So we tried to show a couple of friends, who were going into a theater, and we had a guy who got a ticket for $18.99 (of our own money) and a big sign, so to speak. It was like 12 people in the theater, and everyone else in the theater got six or seven tickets, and everybody had to step out because the theatre got so packed.”
There you have it. While it seems that Scorsese’s new movie will not be cut into a television series, this is something that the movie definitely has to be released for. There’s no way that Scorsese’s film needs to be a full film, but a cut or a theatrical release is probably a better option than not going into theaters at all and waiting