The Aviator (2004) -PG-13-
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Written by: John Logan
Starring: Leonard DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, John C. Reilly, Alec Baldwin, Alan Alda, Ian Holm, Gwen Stefani, Jude Law, William Dafoe, Kelly Garner, Adam Scott
December 13, 2004
Who Made Our Greatest Living American Director Mediocre: Harvey or Leo?
Martin Scorsese is considered by most, including myself, as the greatest living American director. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s an auteur who came out of the last golden age of films, the 1970Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s. Scorsese directs with a passion and love of film. You can see it in the style, in the music, and in the characters in his films.
Disney, the parent company of both Touchstone Pictures and Miramax Films, has produced ScorseseÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s last four feature films, beginning with Kundun. Kundun was a deeply personal film for Scorsese which dealt with religion and told the story of Tibet’s 14th Dalai Lama. This was his last great film in my opinion.
He went on to adapt Joe ConnellyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s novel, Bringing Out the Dead; the story of 48 hours in the life of a burnt out paramedic. Dead was a character study that showed many signs of ScorseseÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s brilliant techniques, but was lacking in story. Both of these films were for DisneyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Touchstone division.
After that, Harvey and Bob Weinstein, the brothers that owned (before they sold out to Disney) and run Miramax, decided to produce ScorseseÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s longtime pet project Gangs of New YorkÃ¢â‚¬â€