What's Up, Doc?

Even America's greatest living filmmaker doesn't think celluloid has a future

One more question, says the festival's publicist to the crowd of several dozen journalists.

"It's okay, it's okay," says Scorsese, signaling that he has enough time to finish this answer before moving on. "I gotta tell you, there's some other things, too. There's this film I just looked at called Beyond the Rocks, made in 1922. They found a copy of it in the Netherlands Film Museum, with Dutch intertitles. And I believe they restored a lot of it digitally. And another one, The Loves of Pharaoh, by Ernst Lubitsch, they had to restore the whole thing digitally: very expensive. The original [celluloid] elements--even if they [had] fixed them somehow--were still not projectable. So there's still an advantage to going digital in certain cases."

We're sorry, an obnoxiously loud cell phone suddenly blurts from somewhere in the audience--a digital-age phantom haunting the room. The Nextel number you're trying to reach is not in service at this time.

Come writers and critics...: Scorsese at the Full Frame
Hugo Perez
Come writers and critics...: Scorsese at the Full Frame

Scorsese doesn't miss a beat. "I'll call 'em right back."

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