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MARTIN SCORSESE’s last film was “The Wolf of Wall Street”, an orgy of sex and drugs and rock’n’roll that showcased the director at his most brazenly, blazingly entertaining. His follow-up, “Silence”, could hardly be more different. The palace of wisdom at the end of the road of excess, “Silence” is a steady, deliberate, and formally composed historical epic about faith and martyrdom. Many of its scenes are shot on hillsides and in forests in natural light, while its interior scenes, in shadowy caves and huts, are lit to resemble Caravaggio paintings. Needless to say, there aren’t any Rolling Stones songs on the soundtrack—although there are times during the film’s two-and-three-quarter hours when some might have been welcome.
Co-written by Mr Scorsese and Jay Cocks (the screenwriter of “Gangs of New York” and “The Age of Innocence”), the film is adapted from a 1966 novel by a Japanese Christian, Shusaku Endo. Its heroes are Fathers Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Garrpe (Adam Driver), two Portuguese Jesuits who were mentored by Father Ferreira (Liam Neeson) in the early 1600s. Ferreira left Portugal to work as a missionary in Japan, but Christianity has since…Continue reading