When the moment arrives to honor him, Martin Scorsese will be recognized as a trailblazer. Through his lifetime, Scorsese successfully tapped into the potential of a once stagnant art form. With determination and innovation, he rose to fame by reviving and reinvigorating it.
The popular medium in question is TikTok.
Perhaps it is due to his age of 80, but Martin Scorsese continues to possess an endless fascination with the impact of storytelling, much like he did in his younger years. Possibly, the responsibility of promoting Killers of the Flower Moon has solely fallen on his shoulders due to the ongoing actors’ strike. Alternatively, it could simply be because his daughter is eager for attention. Regardless, it is undeniable that Martin Scorsese is currently dominating TikTok.
Together with his daughter Francesca, Scorsese appears to have been very active online in recent weeks. He has shared a video of himself auditioning a dog, another video of him trying to guess slang used by generation Z, and even a video of him dressed as a tortoise while dancing to Candy by Robbie Williams in his living room. Clearly, it’s all incredibly delightful.
Francesca’s videos on TikTok are highly effective. Scorsese, a rebel who has become a legend, utilizes the platform to challenge the occasionally pretentious narrative that surrounds him. His videos offer a more relatable portrayal than any written profiles ever could.
In order to please the film industry, Scorsese has recently created an account on Letterboxd. Although he has not written any reviews, he is keeping track of all the movies he has watched and liked. These include The Lady of the Dugout from 1918, Rififi by Jules Dassin, and The Day of the Jackal by Zinnemann. However, he has not watched any Marvel Cinematic Universe films yet, but there is still hope.
Surprisingly, Scorsese is not the only veteran of Hollywood to recently join social media. In May, Francis Ford Coppola also joined Instagram and has shown a great interest in using Stories, even more so than his passion for creating movies and wine. In June, he participated in an Ask Me Anything session where he shared new and interesting facts about himself. For example, he revealed that his favorite film is Rumblefish, he has never played a Nintendo game, he often thinks about the Roman Empire, and his breakfast consists of half a cup of low-fat yogurt and three-quarters of a banana. Currently, he is using Instagram Stories to ask his followers thought-provoking questions, such as whether they agree with Italian philosopher Giovanni Pico della Mirandola’s belief that humans are geniuses and a “miracle for all to admire” (with 60% of his followers agreeing).
Paul Schrader is a major contributor to the success of Facebook, as he is an avid user and frequent poster. He often shares his thoughts on various topics, such as his recent positive opinion of Priscilla and disappointment with Nashville. He also enjoys sharing memes that appeal to an older audience, similar to those liked by parents. His posts reflect his wisdom, crankiness, and nostalgia, and are a true representation of his personality, much like how Coppola and Scorsese use social media.
This method may not be suitable for everyone. George Lucas has only shared two items on Instagram. Spielberg is completely against it. David Lynch used to upload two videos per day on YouTube – a weather update and a type of lottery game – but he abruptly stopped in December. It is possible that these directors, along with most of their colleagues, wish to preserve the enigma they had at the beginning of their careers before social media turned us all into attention-seekers. It is also possible that they can express everything they want through their work, or that they are simply uninterested.
In my personal opinion, this is an error. Scorsese, Coppola, and Schrader are at the forefront here, demonstrating to others what they are missing. In today’s society, with an overflow of content and poor management by corporations, social media seems to be losing its appeal. It is refreshing to see esteemed individuals in their 70s and 80s utilizing social media to remind us of its initial appeal. It allows them to be playful, honest, and unfiltered. Other directors should take note and follow their example. I believe it is safe to say that we all agree Ridley Scott should be the first to do so.