Martin Scorsese’s powerful use of silence

Martin Scorsese is famous for his expert use of music in his films. From Mean Streets to The Wolf of Wall Street, pop music has played a major role in painting his scenes with the layers of ‘fun’ on top of the dark and violent narratives of characters.

But as Every Frame a Painting identifies, Scorsese is also utilizes silence to enhance film moments. Through silence, we can appreciate tension and impending danger, and these moments are sometimes followed by a juxtaposing loud action.

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