Monday, July 15, 2024

It’s Official: Martin Scorsese Will Return to Cannes Red Carpet for the First Time Since 1986 with DeNiro-Di Caprio “Killers of the Flower Moon”


Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” will debut at the Cannes Film Festival, confirmed.

I told you on February 20th this was happening. It was just a matter of Scorsese and editor Thelma Schoonmaker cutting the film down to a manageable size from over three hours.

“Killers” stars Robert De Niro in the lead role and Di Caprio in a smaller role, at the latter actor’s choice. De Niro, I’ve heard, is “spectacular.” (I’m sure Leo’s pretty good, too.)

Believe it or not, this marks the first time Scorsese has been back on the Croisette showing a film since 1986 with one of my personal favorites, “After Hours.” Where’s he been? It’s probably just been a matter of timing. Very often Scorsese finishes a movie a right up to the time of release. A lot of his films have opened in late fall. But this one is ready to go!

Ten years earlier, Scorsese won the Palme D’Or for his seminal film, “Taxi Driver.” In 1998, he was appointed head of the jury.

Based on David Grann’s best-selling book and written for the screen by Eric Roth and Martin Scorsese, “Killers of the Flower Moon” is set in 1920s Oklahoma and depicts the serial murder of members of the oil-wealthy Osage Nation, a string of brutal crimes that came to be known as the “Reign of Terror.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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