Faith & Film

In this interview Director Martin Scorsese (he has directed films such as Goodfellas, Taxi Driver, and the Irishman) talks about his journey of faith and how this foundation has impacted not only life but specifically his film “Silence.” This film tells a story about Missionaries that travel to Japan and what they had to endure for the sake of furthering the Gospel.

Also, if you are interested in hearing more about what Scorsese has to say about his passion for filmmaking, influences of the church on his art, or are just looking for inspiration because his passion is contagious, check out his class on Masterclass.

10 thoughts on “Faith & Film

  1. I have not seen it yet but after watching that interview Skye and I made plans to watch it tonight! My emotions were getting stirred just seeing the shots of the film shown in this interview so I’m excited!!

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  2. After watching “ The Wolf of Wall Street ”. I recognized that Scorsese allows the viewer to justify the situation. Scorsese doesn’t feel that this is his duty, as a filmmaker. He automatically acknowledges that everyone has their own moral compass, halfway through the film, you are trying to come up for a resolution.
    “Silence“ requires the same outcome from the audience. Silence is thought provoking. The Gospel has cost a lot of blood through the work of missionaries.

    1. I’ve always loved that about Scorsese. Most people think he’s glorifying terrible behavior. He’s not at all. He’s showing you real people with real moral struggles and he often doesn’t tell you how you should think or feel about it. Brilliant.

  3. I think it is beautiful how Scorsese depicts the inward battle and overwhelming faith of the missionaries and the Buddhist converts. At the beginning watching this film is like taking a breath of fresh air again as I remember the persecuted church. I remembered the stories of Samaa Habib in “Face with Jesus” and Immaculee Ilibagiza in “Left to Tell” that have influenced my faith and give me strength when I think of them.
    But this film also made me think hard and deeply about The extent of God’s mercy and grace for the weakness of man amidst trials, because as I watched it it forced me to face my own. The story is in the perspective of the missionaries and forces one to partner in some small way in the suffering that these saints endured. And if you let it, by the end of this film it will strip you down to the bare bones of your humanity and faith and reveal a much greater and stronger understanding of God’s love and compassion on the state of humanity and his unending love and faithfulness to those who believe.

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