Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ is Quiet

Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ to Remain Quiet Until December

I believe it is going to be a great movie.

Paramount is currently set to unspool Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” for guilds and critics’ groups in December. It’s unusual for an Oscar player to be unveiled that late, as it risks missing the deadline for early looks from organizations like the National Board of Review, the New York and Los Angeles critics’ groups, and the Broadcast Film Critics Assn., whose nominations and superlatives often set the tone for the awards season. Thanksgiving week is usually when stragglers aim to screen in order to meet those groups’ deadlines.But there are caveats with that strategy. This year’s best-picture front-runner is “La La Land,” which bowed at Venice, but that film could be at risk of overexposure when the clock runs out on the season. And if Scorsese’s film — which has been on the legendary director’s to-do list for decades, and reportedly clocks in at a robust 160 minutes — blows away the competition on arrival, it may leave voters heading to the polls feeling like the season saved the best for last.

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