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A Inside Look at Martin Scorsese's SHUTTER ISLAND

by Joey Paur



Martin Scorsese's next film 'Shutter Island' is one movie I have been waiting to see since I heard it was getting made. I loved the novel that the film is based off of, and I have a feeling it will end up being one of the best films of the year if not THE best. The story just has everything a great movie needs. On top of that the talent involved is top notch. Not only is Scorsese directing but he has cast Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, MIchelle Williams, Ben Kingsley, Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson, and Jackie Earle Haley. The story is set in 1954 and U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels is sent to the Ashcliffe hospital for the criminally insane to investigate the disappearance of a murderess who has escaped from the asylum. Empire online has a little article talking about the movie and includes a diary from the set.

Mark Ruffalo who plays DiCaprio's U.S. Marshall Partner in the film says:

"This could be one of [Scorsese's] great films. He gets to do everything he loves about film: noir, dream sequences, suspense, tough urban stuff. It's absolute madness, twist upon twist."


Empire goes on to tell us that Scorsese himself has likened the film to Orson Welles' take on Kafka's The Trial, or Hitchcock at his weirdest. This movie is really going to be something special.

Rope of Silicon has a few pages of the magazine that have been scanned of the dary from the set of the film and there is some really interesting stuff in there. This movie may end up being a little more insane than I thought it would be, which is a great thing! This gives you an idea of what kind of mind set Scorsese was in when making the movie.

We [Scorsese and Murga] talk about filming dreams, nightmares, hallucinations. The real of reverie. His idea is to film them as directly as possible, like they were real...

He tells me he thinks that for those who have dreams, or nightmares, or hallucinations, those things ARE real; which makes them even more terrifying. His intention is to convey ambiguity: it must not be asy to clearly distinguish between the real of the real and the realm of reverie. That, I think, places you more within the point of view of the main character, Teddy.

Many of his [Scorsese's] films tend to do that, to create deformed realities, which generate the sensation of nightmarish worlds. For many of his characters reality is a nightmare being lived out (Taxi Driver, After Hours).


I can't wait to see what Scorsese pulls off in this movie! 'Shutter Island' is going to be an incredible film. It comes out in theaters October 2nd this year, just in time for Oscar season.

Source: EmpireRope of Silicon

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