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Twisted Scorsese

October 06, 1985

Supposedly, director Martin Scorsese makes movies about sick, twisted characters: "Taxi Driver," "King of Comedy," "Raging Bull." Fact is, no matter what their names, the protagonists in those films are all Martin Scorsese. For proof, we need consult only one paragraph in Patrick Goldstein's article ("After Hours With a Raging Bull in SoHo," Sept. 29). Extolling an old Samuel Fuller movie, "Park Row," Scorsese babbles, "It has this frightening sense of violence. I love that scene where the mob seizes a man and beats his head against the statue of Ben Franklin. . . ."

A mentally healthy person would be turned off, revolted, by such a scene. Scorsese, however, wallows in gratuitous violence. Very obviously, he is also one of those directors who talk too much. Who was it who first said, "I let my art speak for me!"?

DAVID R. MOSS

Los Angeles

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