Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Paul Schrader French Interview Got Lost in Translation: He Was Not Criticizing Martin Scorsese or “Killers of the Flower Moon”

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(EXCLUSIVE) Oscar winning writer director Paul Schrader wants to clarify comments attributed to him about Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon.”

Schrader, Scorsese’s long time friend and collaborator, was reported to have said he thought Leonardo DiCaprio should have played the FBI agent investigating the Osage murders.

The interview appeared in French, in Le Monde. Variety translated it this way: “Marty compares me to a Flemish miniaturist. He would be more the type who paints Renaissance frescoes. Give him $200 million, a good film will inevitably come out of it. That said, I would have preferred Leonardo DiCaprio to play the role of the cop in ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ rather than the role of the idiot. Spending three-and-a-half hours in the company of an idiot is a long time.”

Something got lost in the translation. I immediately emailed Schrader to see if he was — implausibly — criticizing his friend. He was not. Today Schrader posted on Facebook:

“While in Italy for an last month I spoke openly with cineastes on awide range of subjects. Thanks the our clickbait culture one of those comments became a headline in Variety. Roger Friedman emailed me to say that my comments about “Flower Moon” had blown up on the internet. I told Scorsese when I first saw the film that his film that was a great film and I say that now. I accept full well that any comments made on FB are a considered publication choices. But what I don’t understand so well is how entre nous conversations among film buffs are also considered publication choices.”

So there you have it. Whatever happened in Le Monde, it just didn’t travel well. So just forget it. Schrader, often crankily candid, didn’t mean it to come out that way.

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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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