Filmmaker Martin Scorsese Considers Retirement

For the past fifty years, filmmaker Martin Scorsese has given movie fans classic cinematic offering — and that’s not even mentioning the various other projects he’s put out in that time. But now the iconic director is hinting that his career may be nearing an end.

Speaking at the Marrakech Film Festival, Scorsese said that he only has a “couple more” movies left in him and that in fact, it’s only thanks to his frequent star Leonard DiCaprio that he’s even kept going on this long. The duo started out with 2002’s Gangs of New York and most recently worked together on The Wolf of Wall Street, which will be released to theaters on Christmas Day.

Scorsese revealed his upcoming plans during the Q&A session, saying, “I have the desire to make many films, but as of now, I’m 71 and there’s only a couple more left if I get to make them.” “I miss the time when I had the desire to experiment and try different kinds of films, I miss that time, but that’s done, it’s over,” he said.

The older the 71-year-old filmmaker gets, it becomes increasingly difficult to generate enthusiasm for making movies. If Scorsese were to have his own choices, he would finish the long-gestating Silence film, since it shares similar themes with some of his earlier works including The Last Temptation of Christ and Kundun. “I’m just obsessed with this search for a spiritual core in life. And I’m sorry to have to talk in that way about these films but that is what they are about,” he said.

Of course, plenty of stars and creative people have made noise about retirement and then fail to follow through. But if Martin Scorsese says it, there wouldn’t be a soul who wouldn’t say that he hasn’t earned it. I mean, this is the helmer behind Goodfellas, The Departed, and so many more American classics.

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