Martin Scorsese's Chanel Ad: Is Marty Secretly a Wallpaper-Reading Williamsburg Hipster?

Several months ago, Martin Scorsese was sighted in Williamsburg while directing a Chanel ad starring French heartthrob Gaspard Ulliel. Now the clip has come out, and it forces us to wonder: Why is Scorsese saving his most glamorous tendencies for one-off commercials?

Consider the evidence: Though often stereotyped as a director whose films are full of crime and tough guys, this Chanel ad is a larky, retro, gorgeous gem with style to burn (it's like if you took Roman Coppola's CQ and cast a French hunk as the lead), and it's not the first time I could say that about a Scorsese ad. Just a few years ago, Scorsese made a similarly polished champagne commercial called The Key To Reserva, a Hitchcock homage that was based on a three-page script by the North by Northwest director.

Marty! You could make a whole feature film this way, if you liked. Maybe even give Leo a vacation? I certainly wouldn't object.

Watch: Martin Scorsese Directed Chanel Bleu Ad With Gaspard Ulliel [The Playlist]



Comments

  • keep it real says:

    You silly punk kids with A.D.D. knowledge of cinema don't get it.
    Everything in this ad was an homage to cinema history. Shot for shot, cut for cut.
    Marty is a huge cinema history freak. Ok you MTV junkies...here's your watch list.
    The French Connection
    Blow-up
    Fatal Attraction
    Witness for the Prosecution
    and many more.
    Do your homework and stop obsessing over the technical/location stuff.
    It's about story......remember?

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