Tuesday 24 June
Martin Scorsese. There’s something fundamentally quixotic about his objectives; the way he seems to want to grasp what is huge and transcendental.
That gives his films that epic tone. It’s in that idea of the quixotic that his independent spirit still lies: the idea that a project can be carried off through sheer passion and determination, regardless of production conditions.
Marty fights to defend his look, his place as an auteur, his independence, whatever the production structures. When faced with difficulties, he always shows that spirit and he’s like me in that respect.
That quixotic, titanic spirit also informs the actions of the main character, Teddy.
Wednesday 25 June
Scene 121 – Ext. park
Final scene with Max von Sydow. There’s virtually no dialogue; Marty stresses the importance of body language. Max von Sydow is a very big man, a real giant.
He is perfect for the character – that way of walking. He reminds me of my grandfather – that elongated head, his huge hands, his tall body, wrapped in a doctor’s overall.
The first day, I can’t find the courage to talk to him. Marty insists and I finally do. I’m thrilled to discover that he’s a nice human being!
Friday 27 June
Today we talk about the World Cinema Foundation. He tells me about the last films that have been restored. He is very passionate about it. His love for the cinema runs in his every pore.
He is a director fully conscious of the history of cinema and of the place it occupies in the social and cultural history of a country and the world.
He thinks as much about the past as about the future: Scorsese is fully conscious of his place in all this and is determined and fully committed to the defence of the world film heritage.