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OBSESSION : Martin Scorsese Eats, Sleeps, Breathes and Dreams Movies, Shot by Shot

September 23, 1990|T. J. ENGLISH | T. J. English is the author of "The Westies: Inside the Hell's Kitchen Irish Mob," published this year by G. P. Putnam

"It's a tough one to interpret," he finally answers. "You see, Michael understood movies, things that moved; that was the idea. Pictures that moved. Remember I told you I was always attracted to shots before lighting, the movement of the camera or the non-movement of the camera? We were both attracted to that. . . ." Scorsese is talking even faster now, with emotion in his voice. "And at a certain point, you can actually feel it go through your body. It's part of you. And sometimes, when it all comes together on the set, and especially when it comes together in the cutting room, it becomes part of you. It's like it just seeps out of your body. And you become what you're--you become the film you're making."

Scorsese's voice trails off. Maybe it's just that it's late in the interview, but he seems almost embarrassed, as if he has revealed too much of himself. Undoubtedly, he is aware of the implications of what he is saying--the implied loneliness and isolation. The alienation.

I am cinema. For a man who claimed it was a hard statement to interpret, Scorsese appears to comprehend its meaning implicitly, almost as if he'd said it himself.

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