Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese recently paid a visit to Pope Francis where he announced that he will be making a new movie about Jesus Christ.
“I have responded to the Pope’s appeal to artists in the only way I know how: by imagining and writing a screenplay for a film about Jesus,” “Scorsese said, according to a rep.
Antonio Spador, editor of La Civiltà Cattolica, Pope Francis told an audience of artists that they had a calling to give dignity to the human experience.
“This is your work as poets, storytellers, filmmakers, artists: to give life, to give body, to give word to everything that human beings live, feel, dream, suffer, creating harmony and beauty,” the pope reportedly said. “Will they criticize you? All right, carry the burden of criticism, also trying to learn from criticism. But still, don’t stop being original, creative. Do not lose the wonder of being alive.”
Thank you to Martin #Scorsese for accepting the invitation to join us of La Civiltà Cattolica and Georgetown University – along with his wife and daughter – in the meeting of 40 poets and writers from different Countries with #PopeFrancesco, who said among other things, “This is… pic.twitter.com/yG6bEyo2Wq
— Antonio Spadaro (@antoniospadaro) May 27, 2023
“It’s amazing that with all the things against the film that it got made and it’s going to be shown,” Scorsese said at the time of its release. “There was a lot of sacrifice, a lot of problems, a lot of delays. But this is where I felt I should spend my time.”
Though critics embraced Silence, the film did poorly at the box office and garnered only one Oscar nomination while general audiences were somewhat mixed. On IMDB, the film currently holds a 7.1 rating, with some viewers hailing it as an underrated masterpiece while others felt it offered muddled messages about faith amid persecution.
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