About Martin Scorsese
Before I had become acquainted with this website, I was on Wikipedia because I was curious for some information about Mr. Scorsese's upcoming projects. I think Wikipedia requires you to use a judgment call at times to ultimately determine if the information set forth on that site is completely true. I scrolled down through his filmography and it looked alright. At the end of the list, I read the name of an upcoming film that is in its pre-production stage titled Xtreme City. I clicked on that title for it was a link that navigated me to another Wikipedia article that contained a description of that film. It is a film anticipating for either a 2013 or a 2014 release and it is set in the Mumbai underworld. Paul Schrader is the director and Martin Scorsese is the producer. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Shahrukh Khan. I'm an Indian American and I do have knowledge of Indian cinema to a certain degree. In India, there is a film industry ascertained specifically for each language of India, with Bollywood being the biggest. For me, in particular, mainstream Indian cinema, no matter what language it is spoken in, disgusts me. The term "Bollywood" itself can expose how awful Indian cinema is because in one way or another, the Indians are being copycats of Hollywood. If you do not agree with what I am saying, then I suggest for a partaking of research by which you might find a certain number of Indian remakes of American films or other information to support my claim. I do not wish to set forth my opinions. Rather, I wish to set forth the conclusions of my continuing analyses/observations. Indian Parallel Cinema may have substance which has been personified with people like Satyajit Ray and Bimal Roy. But I don't think there would have been a Satyajit Ray or a Bimal Roy if there wasn't a Howard Hawks, a Frank Capra, an Elia Kazan, a Roberto Rossellini, a Luchino Visconti, a Vittorio De Sica, or any other individual of similar stature. I hesitate to watch a film of Satyajit Ray or Bimal Roy for the question of whether the film will be truly genuine and have realism or not. And that's the thing: genuineness and realism. Every filmmaker and actor must have an objective of creating the illusion of reality in their films. Method acting truly is the best system of acting. It is genuine acting. Maybe I shouldn't use the term "acting" because the actors live the characters. I learned things like this from American cinema and the people/work that constitute it. American cinema has opened my eyes; it has enlightened me. It enriches/nourishes my mind, body, and soul. It has taught me what is genuine cinema; what is genuine art. I don't see this same genuineness in Indian movies where Shahrukh Khan is from. To let you know, I have seen more South Indian films as compared to Bollywood films, where I know there is virtually only artificiality, but I don't think there is much of a difference. There are so many thoughts in my mind but I think the question I should ask is: When these Indian actors act in American movies, do they learn or already know the method and do they ultimately understand what a genuine film is?