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Martin Scorsese Shoots Film About Lockdown Anxieties

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Director Martin Scorsese (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 28 May 2020 01:20 PM

Martin Scorsese has released a short film during which he creatively filmed himself opening up about the anxiety of being in lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic.

The 77-year-old director joined a number of other notable Hollywood stars sharing their stories of self-isolation for the BBC series, "Lockdown Culture with Mary Beard." His is the final installment in the series.

"Martin Scorsese makes a wonderful end to the series," Beard excitedly announced in a video shared to Twitter. "We see him at home, thinking about lockdown through the lens of classic movies, like Hitchcock's 'The Wrong Man,'" she continued.

Scorsese drew inspiration from the way Hitchcock moved his camera in "The Wrong Man" and applied it to his own film, "Taxi Driver." Elements of this appear in his self-shot short.

"But what's really clever is that this great Hollywood luminary also gets us to look at Hitchcock again and afresh through the lens of our current predicament," Beard continued. "I was absolutely over the moon when he agreed to do it for us. It feels a bit like hosting a little premiere! And it all contributes to a pretty amazing finale."

In a short clip of the film, Scorsese speaks about how he had been working hard on many projects when the lockdown was announced.

"Things were spinning and spinning and spinning and suddenly there was a crash and it stopped," he said. At first, it was a relief to have that break but then Scorsese said the anxiety set in. At that point, the video clip ends.

"What I look forward to in the future is carrying with me what I have been forced to learn in these circumstances," Scorsese said in a statement to Fox News. "It is the essential. The people you love. Being able to take care of them and be with them as much as you can."

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