Watch: Martin Scorsese Chats About His Passion for Film Restoration
"As those evolutions rapidly develop and affect us with extraordinary speed, the danger is… forgetting; losing our ties with where we've been, what we come out of, and failing to care for what we created." This week is all about giving thanks, and we owe a big thanks to Martin Scorsese, not only a great filmmaker, but one of the driving forces behind making sure old films are properly preserved. The Playlist found a video of Scorsese introducing the "All the Memory of the World" festival of restoration at la Cinémathèque Française, referencing seeing a bad print of The Seven Year Itch that inspired his passion for preservation.
Just this past weekend, Marty Scorsese turned 70 years old in the middle of finishing up his shoot for The Wolf of Wall Street. However, I love that Scorsese notes in this video that "'old' and 'new', those words, or terms, are nothing but designations of convenience, really." Another film he mentions is The River from 1951, by Jean Renoir, to reference how time is always flowing like a river. He now runs the Film Foundation and the World Cinema Foundation as leading organizations of film preservation and restoration. For more, The Atlantic posted an article titled With 35mm Film Dead, Will Classic Movies Ever Look the Same Again?.