Martin Scorsese

Scorsese's 'Silence' is solemn, unsuccessful, occasionally moving Oscar-bait

Scorsese's 'Silence' is solemn, unsuccessful, occasionally moving Oscar-bait

Martin Scorsese's "Silence" explores two frequent obsessions of the gritty, ambitious director: faith and doubt, punctuated by unflinchingly brutal violence. He brings those same interests to "Silence, a slow-burning, thoughtful epic of religious doubt, which at times feels like a fusion of Ingmar Bergman's "The Seventh Seal" with ceremonial torture porn akin to, if not quite as brutal, as Mel Gibson's "Passion of the Christ" or "Apocalypto." And whereas Scorsese's epics, with the exception of "Kundun," tend to be packed with cinematic pyrotechnics and brash music and performances, here he works to inspire the...

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