Rick Amato: Scorsese Film Dares To Challenge Hollywood’s Values

by Rick Amato | AmatoTalk.com
February 11, 2017

Famed story teller and Hollywood director Martin Scorsese has released a new movie called ‘Silence’. Starring Liam Neeson the film tells the gripping story of two 17th century Christians, Jesuit priests, who were persecuted for their beliefs.  The plot follows the two as they travel to Japan to spread the word of Catholicism and upon their arrival are surprised to find a whole population of Christians who have been driven underground out of fear for their lives.  The group is the target of a samurai who searches for suspected Christians.

The film has been described as a “longtime passion project” of Scorsese’s one which has been twenty-five years in the making.  A premier showing occurred this past November at the Vatican with Pope Francis.  Scorsese’s only previous foray into religion occurred in 1988 with the controversial film ‘The Last Temptation Of Christ’ which angered conservative Christians by including a sex scene with Jesus and Mary Magdalene as well as other controversial departures from the bible.   Unlike ‘Silence’, that film was well received by Hollywood having received an Academy Award nomination for Best Director and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress (Barbara Hershey).  Two prestigious and highly regarded categories.  ‘Silence’ on the other hand was nominated for Best Cinematography by the Academy Awards.

Recently I interviewed Erik Lokkesmoe who is the production and marketing advisor to the movie ‘Silence’. Lokkesmoe explains why the movie’s message is relevant in America today and is more than just an historical encounter.  As a side note, Lokkesmoe previously worked in the George W. Bush White House as a speechwriter.  The movie ‘Silence’ is now showing select theaters across America. You can hear my full interview with the production and marketing advisor to the movie ‘Silence’, Erik Lokkesmoe by CLICKING BELOW.


4 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • dmttbt says:

    I say piss on a movie, we have a deficit of 23 trillion that grew from 9.6 trillion, an all time high before obama was elected. Now people are saying that his legacy is that he improved employment and he has been good for business. They don’t seem to be able to count. Block the illegal immigrants and build the wall immediately. Don’t wait for the senate or congress or the supreme court or anything else. It is plain what needs to be done mand has been plain for years.

  • teaman says:

    It’s really amazing that Scorsese’s would get awards for a LYING movie about Jesus. I am a big fan of Liam but will never watch anything this piece of crap creates…..PERIOD!!

    1. Mike McCloud says:

      A different viewpoint from me; I liked Scorsese’s ‘History of The Blues’ DVD set very much, but Liam’s understandings & comments on politics or weapons, in general, are typical Hollyweird. I wouldn’t,& don’t, watch Hollywood religious productions for all the reasons of their political hogwash & pretended ( acted ? ) ‘concerns’ & outrageously stupid posturing. ( Not to mention the distorted stories anyways ) Like most in the present atmosphere, it’s my responsibility to practice some wisdom to pick & choose what I watch, & keep to the ( hopefully somewhat accurate) historic material. We don’t have to deny The World, Jesus didn’t, He knew it for what it was, & worked it for His Uses! Thanks, Bless Ya!

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