Martin Scorsese Meets With Pope, Announces New Film on Jesus

Martin Scorsese is on a post-Cannes tour of Italy the place over the weekend the director, identified for having a spiritual bent, met with Pope Francis and introduced that he’ll make a movie about Jesus.

“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 introduced on Saturday throughout a Rome convention on the Vatican, in keeping with a number of experiences. “And I’m about to start making it,” the director added, suggesting that this may very well be his subsequent movie.

Also on Saturday, earlier than attending the convention – titled “The Global Aesthetics of the Catholic Imagination” – Scorsese and his spouse Helen Morris met Pope Francis throughout a short non-public viewers on the Vatican.

The convention was organized by Jesuit publication La Civiltà Cattolica and Georgetown University. Antonio Spadaro, editor of the spiritual periodical, stated on the publication’s web site that in their dialog on the confab Scorsese alternated between references to his movies and private anecdotes and defined “How the Holy Father’s appeal ‘to let us see Jesus’ moved him,” he stated.

Regarding cinematic references, through the dialog Scorsese cited his admiration for Pier Paolo Pasolini’s “The Gospel According to St. Matthew.” Scorsese additionally talked concerning the which means of his personal 1988 epic “The Last Temptation of Christ” and of “the subsequent step in his research on the figure of Jesus” represented by his smaller-scale 2016 drama “Silence” concerning the persecution of Jesuit Christians in Seventeenth-century Japan. That movie screened in 2016 on the Vatican. Francis is the primary Jesuit pope and is understood to have joined the Jesuit order hoping to develop into a missionary in Japan.

Scorsese’s supervisor Rick Yorn didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark relating to the director’s new religion-related venture.

Scorsese’s Italian tour additionally includes a collection of screenings of his movies, paired with works which have impressed his physique of labor, that he’ll current on Monday at Rome’s Casa del Cinema cinematheque; a grasp class on Tuesday for college kids of Rome’s Centro Sperimentale movie college; and an onstage dialog on Friday in Bologna the place he can be a visitor of the Cineteca di Bologna, the movie archives that run the Il Cinema Ritrovato competition devoted to heritage movie.

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