Martin Scorsese Says The ‘Barbie’ & ‘Oppenheimer’ Release In Theaters Was “Something Special” & Created “The Perfect Storm”
Margot Robbie as Barbie, director Martin Scorsese and Cillian Murphy as Oppenheimer
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Martin Scorsese is weighing in on the smash summer combination of Barbie and Oppenheimer, which he says was the “perfect storm.”

“I do think that the combination of Oppenheimer and Barbie was something special. It seemed to be, I hate that word, but the perfect storm,” the Killers of the Flower Moon director said in an interview with The Hindustan Times. “It came about at the right time. And the most important thing is that people went to watch these in a theater. And I think that’s wonderful.”

The simultaneous release of the films directed by Greta Gerwig and Christopher Nolan proved to be a box office smash for cinema and for the rival studios. The event came to be known as “Barbenheimer” and was fueled by Tom Cruise sharing on social media that he had bought tickets to both films.

Although Scorsese says he has not watched the films, he claims to be a fan of Nolan’s work and worked with Robbie in The Wolf of Wall Street. Scorsese also noted that when Killers of the Flower Moon cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto finished his work on the film he went on to work on Barbie.

“The way it fit perfectly – a film with such entertainment value, purely with the bright colours – and a film with such severity and strength, and pretty much about the danger of the end to our civilisation – you couldn’t have more opposite films to work together,” he added. “It does offer some hope for a different cinema to emerge, different from what’s been happening in the last 20 years, aside from the great work being done in independent cinema.”

Scorsese’s sentiments on Barbie and Oppenheimer echo the comments made by Francis Ford Coppola who called the “Barbenheimer” phenomenon “a victory for cinema.”

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