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May132011

Lars & Marty Picking Apart The Past

JA from MNPP here, highlighting an exciting bit of news making the rounds today. We'd heard back in February the rumor of this, but now it's seeming official - next year Lars Von Trier will be redoing his Five Obstructions experiment with Martin Scorsese. Excuse me, make that "Oscar-winning pool of awesomesauce, Martin Scorsese."

If you're unfamiliar with The Five Obstructions, in 2003 Von Trier had his mentor the Danish filmmaker Jørgen Leth remake a short film of his own five times under five different sets of limitations. He was forced to shoot it in difficult locations like Cuba and the red light discrict of Bombay; he had to make it in animated form.

And now Von Trier will be training his cinematic sadism on one of the living masters of American movies. But the big question remains - what film will Scorsese be remaking? When the rumor first popped up it was attached to Taxi Driver, but now that Variety's confirmed the project's happening there is no word on if that's true or if it'll be a different film of Marty's. So I ask y'all - what movie do you most want to see Scorsese tackle again under Von Trier's ever-brutal thumb? And what limitations would you like to see set for him?

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The one and only limitation i would like placed on Martin Scorsese is that he stop using Leonardo DiCaprio for every movie. ;) Although it might be fun to see Leonardo squirm under weird edicts from Von Trier.

this is THE BEST news story. And i'm so proud of Scorsese for agreeing to it.

May 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNathaniel R

Since he produced The Grifters is not allowed to remake it?

He should remake The Last Temptation of Christ with an all black cast!

May 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtfu11

Why do I feel like it would be very Bon Trier to make Marty remake Boxcar Bertha?

May 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobert

robert - that would make more sense than trying to mess around with something that is already great/perfect as it is (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull).

May 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJanice

after hours would be interesting

May 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjjablo
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