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Watch Martin Scorsese Discuss ‘Mean Streets’ and ‘The Irishman’ with Bertrand Bonello and Jacques Audiard at Cannes

Written by on May 11, 2018 


Had it even been completed, The Irishman‘s deadly Netflix association would’ve precluded a screening. But the scarlet (or whatever shade of red they’re running with) letter doesn’t stick, least of all when you’re Martin Scorsese. Stopping by the festival, he engaged in a Director’s Fortnight-adjacent 85-minute masterclass moderated by Bertrand Bonello, Jacques Audiard, Cédric Klapisch, and Rebecca Zlotowski — ostensibly on the subject of Mean Streets, but these things are never just one film.

So you’ll find in the long, not-shot-like-genius-but-let’s-not-complain video, where he also discusses The Irishman and the fact that it consists of 300 (![?]) scenes. A misnomer? Who the hell knows. Some stray comments come up — most notably that his interest and guiding principal in shooting the film was “primarily bringing out the actors and making the shoot comfortable,” which
“became the mise-en-scène” — but it’s mostly loose talk. For those who don’t want to invest too much time, a proper breakdown can be found at Games Radar, including a tidbit about Joe Pesci demanding Scorsese work a story of his into the film.

Watch below, along with a short interview he did while in France this year:

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