This Video Essay Explores Martin Scorsese's Brilliant Use of Silence

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June 16 2014 9:26 PM

This Video Essay Explores Martin Scorsese's Brilliant Use of Silence

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Martin Scorsese is renowned for his use of music: his best scenes, from De Niro's entrance in Mean Streets to Goodfellas' famous long take, are good precisely because they couple the perfect song to the perfect moment. But Tony Zhou's latest video essay explores a more underrated aspect of the director's work—his brilliant and canny use of silence.

It's a taut and insightful video, one that uses specific examples from films like Raging Bull and The Last Temptation of Christ to illustrate how Scorsese employs silence to emphasize dramatic junctures and shed insight on the inner psychology of his characters. Enjoy.

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